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Experience:  full time veterinarian at Tender Touch Veterinary Hospital
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My turtles head hangs andgasping for breath lethargic, 7

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My turtles head hangs andgasping for breath lethargic
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help your turtle. What is the turtle's name and age?
Customer: 7 months and her name is baby
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about baby?
Customer: Can i send a picture
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Reptile
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Baby just lays there does not eat, head hangs like its neck is broke. At times she opens her mouth and gasps a breath of air.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
She was outside in the pond, i noticed her floating crooked and lethargic, not eating i picked her up and she was freezing cold. I placed her in warmer water
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
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Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 1 month ago.

Hi this is Dr. Hill. From your description, Baby likely has pneumonia. This is not terribly uncommon in turtles and is treated with injectable antibiotics.

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 1 month ago.

I will post a link for you to read and ask additional questions. Give me a moment please

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 1 month ago.

Husbandry issues can predispose sliders to pneumonia. is a wonderful reference for reptiles. Do you have a local veterinarian who sees reptiles. If not, please post your town and state and I will help locate one for you. X-rays are the first step to diagnosing pneumonia. typically treatment involves injectable ceftazidine every 72 hours for 4-5 weeks. Local veterinarian should be able to show you how to administer the injections. Please feel free to ask additional questions. Take care.

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 1 month ago.

If you are satisfied with my answer then please take time to rate my response. You can continue posting for a few days, even after rating. Take care.

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 1 month ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?