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Conan

Conan

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Photos courtesy of the California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC): Valley Chapter
Text by Karen Berry: Treasurer | Adoption Chair

Conan came to Valley chapter from the West Valley shelter in July 2018. He's a big tortoise, very territorial, and likes to chase dogs and challenge people he sees as in "his territory." When he arrived, we noticed he had some kind of injury to his right front leg, and was limping. He was x-rayed by the vet, who also discovered a large bladder stone. The stone is bothering him, and will need to be removed. He has been getting physical therapy, too, to reduce the limping on the right front leg, and has been doing much better.

Update: Dec. 18, 2020

Conan had his bladder stone surgery on Oct 26th, and it was successful. The stone is slowly shedding a grayish powder while it dries. It collects around the bottom of the stone. It has a very strong urine smell, unlike Stonewall's stone, so it was probably caused more by dehydration and is a concentrate of uric acid solids.

The day of his surgery was a real "pins and needles" day, especially when he wasn't waking up or breathing on his own when I called to see how it went. We lost Monsieur during surgery last year, so I couldn't bear the thought of losing another tortoise. Conan's vet pulled out all the stops, and gave him what he called "CPR meds" and kept him on oxygen for a while longer. By the time I went to pick him up, he was breathing on his own, although still plenty stoned.

Because he was touch and go, and small clinics don't have overnight personnel to be the "ICU nurse," I checked on him every hour overnight to make sure he was still responsive. It was a long night, but in the morning, he was at least moving around some and a bit more "with it."

He's eating and eliminating now but keeping him active is a bit more difficult during this time of year. He thinks he's supposed to be hibernating.

Conan

Conan

Conan

Click on the image above to view the slide show.

Photos courtesy of the California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC): Valley Chapter
Text by Karen Berry: Treasurer | Adoption Chair

Photos courtesy of the California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC): Valley Chapter Text by Karen Berry: Treasurer | Adoption Chair

Conan came to Valley chapter from the West Valley shelter in July 2018. He's a big tortoise, very territorial, and likes to chase dogs and challenge people he sees as in "his territory." When he arrived, we noticed he had some kind of injury to his right front leg, and was limping. He was x-rayed by the vet, who also discovered a large bladder stone. The stone is bothering him, and will need to be removed. He has been getting physical therapy, too, to reduce the limping on the right front leg, and has been doing much better.

Update: Dec. 18, 2020

Conan had his bladder stone surgery on Oct 26th, and it was successful. The stone is slowly shedding a grayish powder while it dries. It collects around the bottom of the stone. It has a very strong urine smell, unlike Stonewall's stone, so it was probably caused more by dehydration and is a concentrate of uric acid solids.

The day of his surgery was a real "pins and needles" day, especially when he wasn't waking up or breathing on his own when I called to see how it went. We lost Monsieur during surgery last year, so I couldn't bear the thought of losing another tortoise. Conan's vet pulled out all the stops, and gave him what he called "CPR meds" and kept him on oxygen for a while longer. By the time I went to pick him up, he was breathing on his own, although still plenty stoned.

Because he was touch and go, and small clinics don't have overnight personnel to be the "ICU nurse," I checked on him every hour overnight to make sure he was still responsive. It was a long night, but in the morning, he was at least moving around some and a bit more "with it."

He's eating and eliminating now but keeping him active is a bit more difficult during this time of year. He thinks he's supposed to be hibernating.

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