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Toodles

Toodles

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Photos courtesy of the California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC): Valley Chapter

Toodles was turned in to the Valley Chapter by a private individual. The chapter brought him to the vet because he was neither eating nor defecating despite initial soakings for hydration. He did not, and still does not, drink from a dish or when soaking. His x-ray showed that he'd been swallowing pebbles. The vet prescribed medication and continuing regular soakings in warm water. Additionally, he was given a special high fiber diet along with high-water-content greens to help keep him hydrated.

Four of the pebbles were passed after one week of treatment but it took two months before he was able to pass them all.

Info gleaned from various sources. —CH

See the following article for more about Toodles (though unnamed, he is the "desert tortoise" example):
Cohen, M. A. "An Introduction to the Ingestion of Stones, Bones, Fossils and Soil by Turtles." Tortuga Gazette: March/April 2019. Volume 55, Number 2. Pages 8-11. Rpt. "CTTC Care and Health Information." California Turtle & Tortoise Club. Web. 9 Apr. 2019. <https://tortoise.org/geninfo.html#health>

Toodles

Toodles

Toodles

Click on the image above to view the slide show.

Photos courtesy of the California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC): Valley Chapter

Photos courtesy of the California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC): Valley Chapter

Toodles was turned in to the Valley Chapter by a private individual. The chapter brought him to the vet because he was neither eating nor defecating despite initial soakings for hydration. He did not, and still does not, drink from a dish or when soaking. His x-ray showed that he'd been swallowing pebbles. The vet prescribed medication and continuing regular soakings in warm water. Additionally, he was given a special high fiber diet along with high-water-content greens to help keep him hydrated.

Four of the pebbles were passed after one week of treatment but it took two months before he was able to pass them all.

Info gleaned from various sources. —CH

See the following article for more about Toodles (though unnamed, he is the "desert tortoise" example):
Cohen, M. A. "An Introduction to the Ingestion of Stones, Bones, Fossils and Soil by Turtles." Tortuga Gazette: March/April 2019. Volume 55, Number 2. Pages 8-11. Rpt. "CTTC Care and Health Information." California Turtle & Tortoise Club. Web. 9 Apr. 2019. <https://tortoise.org/geninfo.html#health>

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