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What you are describing is a prolapse. This needs to be addressed by a Vet, but in the mean time we can do some serious first aid to help him/her. I would like you to take some table sugar and moisten it into a paste, Place it on a moist paper towel that has been wet with cool water. Apply the paste to the area of the Vent where the prolapse is. This may be a rectal prolapse or a Hemipenal prolapse. The Vet will be able to suture the prolapse back in place. I can help locate a Herp Vet with a city and state. This will need to be done asap. Joan
Thank you for getting back to me! I live in Somerville, MA (near Boston), and am hoping to find somewhere I can bring my lil guy before I have to be at work tomorrow morning(Thursday). Can you give me a rough estimate of what this might cost, and what meds/after-care may be necessary? I was warned that certain emergency clinics take advantage of folks who are desperate to get their beloved pets back to health...
If you follow the first aid protocols and keep the prolapsed moist with the sugar paste, it should hold until the am. I will tell you that they will have to tack the prolapse in place, so you are most likely looking at about $150.00 for the surgery, meds and follow up. I will give you a couple of links with Vets in the area. ER clinics are not always equipted to deal with a small turtle with a prolapse. Joan
These Vets specialize in turtles: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Info/mass.htm
These are all Herp Vets: http://www.anapsid.org/vets/mass.html