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Anna, Reptile Expert, Biologist
Category: Reptile
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Experience:  Have owned turtles, snakes, amphibians, and lizards. Study and provide habitat for wild herps.
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My 15 yr old red eared slider got electrocuted chewing

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My 15 yr old red eared slider got electrocuted chewing through the filter line I think. He is limp and barely moving. Is there anything we can do?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Yes. No wound
JA: The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the slider's name?
Customer: His eyes are swollen
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the slider?
Customer: Tor
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Anna replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I'm a biologist with a special interest in reptiles. I'm sorry to hear of this accident.It is very difficult for a turtle to recover from something like this. The very best thing to do would be to take him to your vet as soon as possible. If you don't already have a reptile vet, give me your zip code, and I'll find the nearest one.If a vet visit isn't possible, you can buy some Pedialyte (yes, the kind for human infants). Prepare a shallow bath consisting of 1/2 Pedialyte and 1/2 water. Soak your turtle for 20 to 30 minutes. Be sure to hold his nostrils out of the water if he's too weak to do so. You can repeat this a couple of times throughout the day. This measure can help with shock and dehydration that often occur with any type of injury. In between soaks, place him in a dry enclosure. A turtle can drown in this condition. This will be all you can do on your own.If you have more questions, just let me know. I hope your turtle will be able to recover.Anna
Expert:  Anna replied 1 year ago.

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