Have Reptile Veterinary Questions? Ask a Reptile Expert.
My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years working with Reptiles.
I need to ask some questions.
Can you tell me about the UVB light. Is it a linear tuve or compact coil, strength, brand and age of bulb?
Size of tank?
The Big turtle and small turtle are both ill. The big one and small one each need a UVB light. I suggest a reptisun 10.0 linear tube. It does need to be replaced every 6 months. It will not work alone so the turtles need a calcium supplement 5 days a week and a Vitamin. The bigger one can have a cuttle bone as well as a calcium supplement. I suspect the larger turtle has a Vitamin A deficiency. He will need injections from a Herp Vet to get the eys doing better. This will explain about the Vit A issue: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=17+1797&aid=2589
As far as the little one it sounds like he may have Pneumonia and will need to be treated with an antibiotic. The only thing you can do at home is the UVB and basking light and up temps about 5* F until he can be seen by the Herp Vet.
If you supply a State I can locate a Herp Vet for you to have them treated.
Unfortunately that is not enough when it comes to a Vit A deficiency. I think the turtle may need more. The Vet can give injections to help you also may want to update the diet to 50% leafy greens, 25% turtle pelles and 25% cooked meats or live prey like crickets, meal worms and even earth worms.
As far as the UVB ask specifically for the Reptisun 10.0 bulb. I prefer a linear tube but they do make a compact coil as well. The linear tube is more effective. Make sure you are using a calcium supplement the UVB metabolizes the calcium into D3 in the body.
This is a link for Herp Vets in NY: http://www.anapsid.org/vets/newyork.html
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How are the turtles doing? Did you have the ill one see the Herp Vet? Please supply an update?Joan