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Can you tell me about your set up?
Do you have the tortoise inside or out?
If inside do you have a UVB light? How old? Tube or coil? Stregnth?
For the UVB I actually like to use a Mercury Vapor Bulb called a Powersun bulb which replaces the baskin bulb as well as a UVB tube. They do need a a higher temp in the basking area up into the 90* range.
Another issue is the bark is not the best substrate because it does not offer enough moisture to offer the humidity needed. I like a ecoearth or a good soil mixture for the tortoise. I am concerned that if the bark was ingested it can cause a blockage in the intestinal tract and cause the tortoise to go off food.
This is a great care sheet that may help correct the husbandry issues we are seeing:
For now I would like to see you change the substrate and raise the humidity in the enclosure. I would also like to see you raise the basking temps and try the Powersun MVB bulb. They only have to be changed once a year. I would add some cuttle bones for a calcium supplement.
For first aid now a mice soak in a 50/50 soak in warm water and Plain Pedialyte which is an infant eletrolyte solution. Soak for about 30 mins. Hope fully this will help prevent dehydration and perk him up.
I would also like to suggest a Herp Vet visit to rule out a blockage or a parasite issue. It is very important to find the underlying factor to be sure he starts feeling better. I can locate a Herp Vet with a State. Joan
It could rule out a full blockage, but there may still be a partial blockage or an intestinal issue since Tortoises are notorious for eating things. Some of the things I have seen come out in surgery, even shocked me.
I am going to give you two referals for vets on eis Herp vets the other specializes in tortoises.
Herp Vets: http://www.anapsid.org/vets/oregon.html
CLINIC'S NAME: Oak Hills Veterinary Clinic
VET'S NAME: XXXXX XXXXXmer, DVM
ADDRESS:XXXXX NW, Salem
PHONE NUMBER:(NNN) NNN-NNNN/p>
CLINIC'S NAME: Raleigh Hills Veterinary Clinic
VET'S NAME: Dr. Sierbinski, DVM
ADDRESS: 4905 SW 77th Ave., Portland
I am so glad you have a Vet to see with Experience to see Ingrid. Please bookmark this page, as you can always comeback and post a follow up for me and ask for more help if needed. I will happy to help you with any questions you may have. I would soak at least once a day, until you do see Dr. Burgess. Look foward to updates of your tortoise.
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