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Joan, Veterinary Technician
Category: Reptile
Satisfied Customers: 18348
Experience:  35+ years experience as veterinary tech and 40+ years experience doing reptile rescues.
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He has got caught behind the filter and nearly drowned, he

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He has got caught behind the filter and nearly drowned
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the reptile?
Customer: he is still alive, but quite unresponsive, I have a CPAP machine for my self so just assisting his breathing with it
JA: Where does the reptile seem to hurt?
Customer: He is just very slow and not responding but eyes open and I have had his mouth open
JA: OK. No obvious pain. What is the reptile's name and age?
Customer: Its a red ear slider sorry and just under a year i think
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the slid?
Customer: No he seems ok just in recovery, is it likely he has a RI
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.


My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with secial interest in Reptiles and reptile rescue.

I assume this is a turtle by the description of the accident. I this situation when trapped behind a filter we are looking at aspiration Pneumonia. The measures you are using are not enough. The reptile needs to see a Herp Vet asap. They will need to start some Antibotics, as well as something for fluid in the lungs and possibly a Bronchodialator. If you do not have a Herp Vet, please supply a state and I can locate some Herp Vets for you.