Tuesday, November 11, 2014
1098. SCRIPT FOR INTERNS RGS. How to prevent swollen eyes in terrapins in a city
Early detection & veterinary treatment saves eyes
1. Hook - Vet's dialogue with owner.
2. Be Kind to Pets - Theme
Singapore in 2014. Mostly apartment living. Few landed houses. Harried life. Video clips.
Terrapins hatchlings from wet market or pet shop. Video.
Feeding. Most owners feed pellets. From Taiwan. Sample. Eat and poop in same water area.
Housing. Aquarium tank. set up. Sample. Illustration.
Water level low. No daily change of water. No filter.
Basking. Dry. Rocks. Floaters, Ramp. No UV light.
Flooring tiled for bigger one.
Eye + respiratory problems
Eye + shell rot.
Eye + chlorinated drops
Position of UVL light to dry the shell
Water filter not washed
Daily change of water, very smelly stools - see one case of 2 healthy terrapins kept by one owner. No eye problem. Video.
Hygiene of water in tanks. Nutrition (expired, quality of pellets), no seafood, fishes or shrimps when young.
Early detection and treatment save eyes. Prevention. New terrapins quarantined 2 weeks.
Around 2 years old. Female. Active terrapin. Excellent shell quality.
Eyes swollen, closed and red for past 3 days.
Lethargic, not eating
1. Bacteria from new terrapin introduced into the tank around 2 weeks ago
2. Pellet quality has deteriorated over the year. Vit A deficiency.
3. De-chlorination chemicals inside the water given daily by the domestic worker.
4. No daily changes of water in the tank.
In-patient treatment at Toa Payoh Vets
Clean water daily. Eye drops and medication.
Eyes open in Day 3 but closed again.
Eyes fully open in Day 4.
Very good chances of success if treatment is given early.
The terrapin did not open her mouth to breathe and so did not have lung infections