Nov. 22, 2020
The Tortoise Bladder Stone Series The Tortoise Bladder Stone Series The Tortoise Bladder Stone Series
Here are the collected posts from the Tortoise Bladder Stone Series hosted by the Sofa Cushion Challenge along with some additional resources compiled for those looking for more in-depth information. At present, no one knows for sure how stones are formed. Nevertheless most current studies are pointing in the direction of (1) too much protein in the diet coupled with (2) not enough water. Of course it isn't really that simple. Too much calcium may also play a role as may oxalic acid (present in some veggies) and other minerals combining with uric acid in the bladder. Studies are on-going.
Installments appear here in chronological order.
Two pics. Same stone. On the left, inside the tortoise. On the right, after surgery. Bladder stones are believed to be the result of too much protein in the diet coupled with not enough water. They can cause nerve damage, hind-leg paralysis, inability to lay eggs and death. pic.twitter.com/vf3tM9GUQl— Sofa Cushion Challenge (@SofaCushionChal) November 27, 2020
Any tortoise can get a bladder stone though some species are more prone than others. Pancake tortoises are NOT one of the species to commonly get them. Nevertheless… meet Polly, the pancake tortoise with an egg-sized bladder stone. ☹️https://t.co/f1iyfMOxMr pic.twitter.com/KANDMZSO32— Sofa Cushion Challenge (@SofaCushionChal) November 28, 2020
Tortoise species most prone to bladder stones are Desert Tortoises (most prone), Sulcatas (2nd most prone). Other tortoise species that veterinarians often see with stones are Leopards, Greeks and some of the Stars. pic.twitter.com/orA1Y9crUe— Sofa Cushion Challenge (@SofaCushionChal) November 28, 2020
3) Image of Cactus' plastron (undershell) showing the fiberglass and epoxy patch used to close him up again.https://t.co/eZhpYye4BQ— Sofa Cushion Challenge (@SofaCushionChal) November 29, 2020
This blog (with a sad ending) documents Grandma the tortoise's recuperation after bladder stone surgery. Not all tortoises need tube feeding after surgery, but most require at least one over-wintering. The blog documents the entire process. https://t.co/ZSU2RSuYHu— Sofa Cushion Challenge (@SofaCushionChal) November 29, 2020
Right now, the California Turtle & Tortoise Club-Valley Chapter has 7 (SEVEN) rescued tortoises needing bladder stone surgery plus many more needing help. On giving Tuesday (tomorrow!), could you help them with one dollar? Thank you so much for caring!https://t.co/ch0QNFxfqu pic.twitter.com/HovrUiLTz4— Sofa Cushion Challenge (@SofaCushionChal) November 30, 2020
Since bladder stones form as a result of not enough water and the wrong sort of diet, the best way to prevent them is to make sure that food and hydration are both appropriate to the specific species in question. See care sheet links below.https://t.co/DLhclfXTke— Sofa Cushion Challenge (@SofaCushionChal) December 2, 2020
In November and December, the ScC ran a series on Tortoise Bladder Stones. Because it was for Twitter, only snippets were included. But for those who'd like to learn more, here are some additional resources. https://t.co/DoSZsprdJz— Sofa Cushion Challenge (@SofaCushionChal) December 4, 2020
...And so concludes the Tortoise Bladder Stone Series. We've seen how stones form & how to prevent & treat them. We've seen case studies and lots of additional resources. If you missed an installment they've all been archived at the link below!https://t.co/PCPFe8sWGZ pic.twitter.com/xOTqiWPWue— Sofa Cushion Challenge (@SofaCushionChal) December 5, 2020
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