Saturday, December 24, 2016

3000. A 20-year-old red-eared slider has lost appetite for over 2 weeks. Why?

Dec 24, 2016

A male and a female red-eared slider of 20 years of age are  housed together. The female has a voracious appetite and is bigger. They love meat like chicken and prawns and ignore vegetables and pellets. So they have been carnivorous for some years.

For over 2 weeks, the male eats much less and now does not eat. He used to bask on top of the female. He closed his right eye. Its eyelids have been swollen and reddish when I first saw him on Dec 23, 2016. The following images show much less swelling  has reduced some 50% after treatment but the terrapin is not active.

He was warded from Dec 23 to 26 for observation. When put to swim today (Day 2), he could float upright but does not move much. Nor did he poop.  His right eyelids are less swollen and red by 50%
after treatment with anti-inflam and antibiotic injection.

Eye pain can cause loss of appetite in the red-eared slider. The female had probably swiped him when he climbed on top of her to bask. He could have injured his own eye and kept rubbing it to relieve his itch.

Isolation from the female. Basking in sunlight for 2 hours daily. Clean water.  Introduce vegetables and fruits. 


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