Have Reptile Veterinary Questions? Ask a Reptile Expert.
My name is ***** ***** I have een a Vet tech for 30+ years with special interest in Reptiles and Reptile Rescue. I need to ask some questions to best assist you. Please do not rate until I give you an answer.
Can you tell me about the set up?
UVB light, how old, strength, Linear tube or compact coil and brand?
Your tortoise is most likely suffering from Metabolic Bone Disease. The UVB light looses potency after 6 months and no Calium supplement and Kale and Spinach binds calcium has left the tortoise with a soft shell and Paralyzed. The First thing is to Get a New Reptisun 10.0 Linear UVB tube or a link has acceptable foods: http://africantortoise.com/diet.htm No spinach and no kale for now. You will also need to add cuttle bones and a calcium supplement daily to work with the UVB rays and start strengthening the bones and the shell. This is some information on MBD: http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/reptilesgeneral/a/metabolicbd.htm
The tortoise will need to see the Herp Vet to start calcium injections, and other vitamins. MBD is not curable, but is treatable. If you need a Herp Vet Please suply a State and I can locate some for you. Please let me know if I have addressed your concerns. If I have please Rate my service 5 Stars.
Checking in to see if you have made the suggested changes and made an appointment for the Herp Vet. Please let me know how things are going.