Have Reptile Questions? Ask a Reptile Vet for Answers ASAP
My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am a Vet tech for 30+ years and have special interest in Reptiles and Reptile Rescue.
In order to help I need to ask some questions.
Can you tell me if you have a UVB bulb, strength, how old, florescent tube or coil?
Diet Prey, Pellets veggies?
Size of tank?
State to locate a Herp Vet?
for filtration i use a fluval 206 and i have my turtles at the moment in a 30 gallon tank , ive been meaning to buy a bigger one. i fed them reptomin and later switch to dried shrimp. they have a basking light, my state is ny. i also have 50w infrared light.
The turtles should have a UVB light which should be a reptisun 10.0 florescent tube. This works with a calcium supplement to prevent metabolic bone disease. These seem to be missing in the husbandry. The Diet for a Red Eared Slider should be 50% leaf greens or aquatic plants, 25% pellets and 25% live prey or cooked meats like slivers of white meat chicken. The proper diet is very important for longeviety and heath. The water temp should be 74-78*F and the basking area should be from the mid 80's-90*F. The temps are very important for digestion. If they are too low, that an cause loose stools. The problem I suspect is either a bacterial infection or parasite issue. You can start first aid bu giving a soak in 50/50 warm water and Pedialyte for 30mins. You can pick up Bene Bac from the larger pet supplies and try and get some into the turtle. Bene Bac is a Pro Biotic which should help with the diarrhea. You can also try feeding some canned Pumpkin, not pie filling, which is a high fiber food. I do believe the turtle should be checked hands on by a reptile specialist for an inection or parasites, so they can give the proper medication to stop the diarrhea.
NY Herp Vets: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Info/newyork.htm---- http://www.arav.org/find-a-vet/#NewYork ----- http://www.anapsid.org/vets/newyork.html
Please let me know if you have further questions and I will be happy to continue with you. Joan