Wednesday, January 30, 2019

3413. INTERN*****A 4-year-old guinea pig loses weight and has watery eyes

Recent corneal injury -greener ulcers
Superficial central keratitis

As injury was many days ago, the cornea ulcerations have scarred to become white.
A small patch of green indicated recent corneal ulceration


The cage housing 2 adult guinea pigs was small. The owner now houses the injured guinea pig in a separate cage for around 1 month for him to recuperate.


Recent corneal ulceration stains bright green





GPs are social animals. Therefore, buy two. Live together.

Two male guinea pigs grow up together as friends. As they mature, one become domineering. Eats more, fatter. The other loses weight.  Possible mounting as they live in a confined small crate.
Traumatic injury to the right eye.  What is the evidence?

Fluorescein eye stain test.

What is the treatment?
Vet 1. Husband consulted.  Eye drops and come back if not OK or go to another vet.
Vet 2. Toa Payoh Vets. Wife consulted. Internet research. Tel me. Worried about loss of eye.

 Evidence of eye ulceration of cornea in right eye. Green if recent abrasions but white cloudy when healed over time.

The guinea pig's eyes are healing and the guinea pig is eating more in his new cage.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

3412. More cases about red-eared sliders and turtles

Jan 30, 2019

List of cases and videos will be on this webpage.

Image of swollen eyes in a red-eared slider

3411. Temperature and ultraviolet light for red-eared sliders

Images of red-eared sliders and case photos

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6247. Final Video: A 5-year-old red-eared slider stopped eating and pooping - cloacal impaction with stones
6250. Blog: A terrapin stops eating
6251. Blog: Respiratory Infection in a yawning terrapin
1057A. Final Video: A Chinese soft-shelled turtle is said to have "rectal prolapse" but it is penile injury
1057. Blog: Rectal prolapse and penile injury in turtles
1056. Video: The male Chinese soft-shelled turtle recovers from anaesthesia
1055. Video: Purse-string suture done on turtle Pt 4
1054. Video: Turtle under anaesthesia Pt 3
1053. Video: Turtle ready for gas anaesthesia Pt 2
1052. Video: Chinese soft-shelled turtle's "rectal  prolapse" Pt 1
1051. Video; How to treat a terrapin's ear abscess - Pt 2
1050. Video: A terrapin has ear abscess Pt - 1
Jan 2016. Final Video: Surgical treatment of a terrapin's gigantic ear abscess
907. Blog: The pet fancy mouse and the Chinese soft-shelled turtle
906. Video: The Chinese Soft-Shelled Turtle is recovering from diarrhoea Pt 2
Final Video: A 33-year-lold terrapin is not eating
Video: 4 in-patients at Toa Payoh Vets. A guinea pig, a terrapin and 2 dwarf hamsters
Video: The 8-year-old terrapin is lethargic
Video: An 8-year-old terrapin is bitten by the other when the owner house them in a new bigger tank
Video: A 15-year-old terrapin has swollen eyelids
Video: An infected tail wound due to biting by the female terrapin while basking on a floating platform
Video: Aug 2015. A 5-year-old terrapin has a large flank lump - hernia or abscess?
Video: Breathing difficulties in terrapins
Video: Multiple white spots on a terrapin's shell
Video: Two 4-month-old terrapins from the same owner vary in size
Video: Two 4-month-old terrapins from different owners in Singapore
Video: Ear abscesses in 2 terrapins from different owners
poor hygiene and environment - eyes swollen and closed - red-eared slider, toapayohvets, singapore 8-inch long red-eared slider turtle with puffy and swollen eyes - singapore - toapayohvets
Puffy swollen eyes
of the red-eared slider
Swollen and puffy eye. My 3 Ninja Turtles  5623 - 5626. The red-eared slider moans
Terrapins -
swollen eyes & corneal abrasions
Webpage of British Chelonia Group Video: Caring for your terrapin
Swollen eyes are a common complaint
5939. Rectal prolapse in terrapins and people Video: Surgery - Ear abscess in a  terrapin Video: Diagnosis & treatment of swollen eyes in terrapins

Monday, January 28, 2019

3411. Temperature and ultraviolet light for red-eared sliders

Jan 29, 2019

Hatchlings   26-27 deg C   (78-80 deg F)
Adults          24-26 deg C   (75-78deg F)

Singapore annual average temperature  in 2015  28.3 deg C,  2016  28.4 deg C. (Meterorological Service Singapore).

Fully submersible water heater if temperature is less than 75 deg F.  But these heaters are not reliable. Needs to monitor the water temperature

"Death zone" - temperature too cool for normal behaviour and not cold enough for hibernation. More susceptible to illness if the condition is not corrected.

Some ultraviolet (UV) exposure is important for Vit D production in the body
Calcium supplement is needed for good bones and shells

If the slider is sick -  raise the body temperature to the high 80 deg F and low 90 deg F.
E.g. (85 deg F = 29.4 deg C,  95 deg F = 35 deg C). 

Young ones   diet  50:50  Protein based and vegetables. Red-headed lettuce said to be best veg.
Old one                 25:75.  Feed every other day.
Bask under the sun. Turtle pellets and vegetable and calcium source. 

3410. Images of red-eared sliders with swollen eyes and normal ones

Nov 11, 2014 case of swollen eyes


Oral ulcers