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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-18-2009, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Is this shell rot?

So today I noticed that my new female RES has something odd going on on her plastron. About a week ago I had posted about these new turtles I got from an old friend, and the deplorable conditions they had been kept in for probably 4 or 5 years. Now I'm worried about their health. Does this look like shell rot? I can't seem to find any pictures that look like this when I search on google. I've read about some home treatments for shell rot that I might try if that is actually what this is. Any ideas?




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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-18-2009, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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And just now when she completely dried out, I noticed this white mark on her carapace.






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I can't tell for sure, because there are a few different kinds of shells rots and diseases, but it looks like it is. I know that if it is mild then the turtle will still be happy and eating etc., the spots will be dry with no pus, and the injury will not be that deep.

Clean the turtles shell using a soft toothbrush and mild soap and peel of anything that comes of easily, if it doesn't, then don't peel it.

Disinfect the shell using Nolvasan. You can buy it online, from the vet (non-prescription) and from herp specialists. Be careful not to get it in the turtles eyes because it can sting. You can use hydrogen peroxide and it works to get rid of the rot, but it can actually slow the healing process.

Hope it helps, good luck!


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Thanks a bunch. I'm gonna try that for a week or so and see if it helps, if not, a trip to the vet for all three of them will have to be done. I also checked out the 2 boys, and one of them has pinkish discoloring on his plastron. Poor things.
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Oh no! It can be caused by dirty water I know, but I don't know how else. Make sure you keep their water very clean.

Yes I forgot to say that about the vet, I hope it helps with their shell!


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Ill say where you just got them that its an infection caused by severely dirty water. My Stumpy was kept in deplorable conditions in his previous homes and as a result his shell is mis-grown (word?) and he's seems to be ill looking. Antibiotics will fix it up, also in the meantime put some Betadine on the plastron and scaltron and leave her to dry for a half hour to 2 hours. Rinse it off and apply either conditioner or antibiotics. Should help.
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Should I keep them out of the water for a certain amount of time per day? I've read some articles online about keeping them dry for a few hours a day while treating it. One problem I see with this, is that the female almost never basks... I don't think they have ever had the opportunity TO bask until now. And now she's in a new home, so she probably feels uncomfortable sometimes and is too afraid to bask.


And yes, their water is very clean now. They have a proper filter, and lighting, and basking spots, and plenty of room to swim. I do 15% water changes every other day. Since I feed them in their tank, it gets messy in there fast. haha.


I'm gonna go to the store tomorrow morning and pick up the things I need to try and treat this, and I'm going to talk to my vet (they know me well in there, I have a lot of pets that I bring in lol) and see what she thinks about it and if it's too extensive for home treatment.


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After you do wash the shell you should keep them out of water for an hour or two, and thats fine. Keep us updated on how they are doing!


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That's exactly what my vet told me to do when I brought them in today. She said they should show some improvement with at home treatment. If not she said to bring them back in in a week or so if it hasn't gotten any better.


So I went to the store and picked up some Nolvasan, liquid and ointment. I scrubbed their shells with some Dawn dish soap and water, and then rinsed and dried them off and put them in separate containers. Female is soaking in some liquid Nolvasan (very shallow, just enough to cover her plastron) and a dab of ointment on her carapace, since hers is much worse and the boys got some Nolvasan ointment on their plastrons. Vet told me to repeat this every 15 mins, 3 times so it gets a good chance to work. Then I am going to leave them in the containers for 2 hours. I hope this works.


The female, Aileen, didn't give me any trouble at all, she seemed to enjoy the scrub. Charles was falling asleep while i was scrubbing his plastron haha. Hannibal on the other hand, like his name, tries to eat and bite everything, so he was trying to nip my fingers the whole time haha. But I expect that from him, that's how he got his name. These 3 turtles are all named after serial killers BTW... lol. Aileen Wuornos, Charles Manson, and Hannibal Lector.
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I hope it works too! Keep us updated! Sounds like you are doing everything spot on


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You have perfectly insane names for them, I love that!! I hope it all helps! Keep us updated
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