Tortoise Trust wrote:The treatment will not cause these symptoms.
It does sound to me as though there is an underlying. continuing respiratory infection, however.
I would suggest caution with oral antibiotics, for several reasons:
1) It is difficult to get the dose correct in reptiles
2) They are slower acting
3) They can cause severe disruption of the digestive tract
Treatment by a series of injections is likely to be far more effective and is also safer.
Is there anyone who can prescribe or give you the necessary medications in injection form?
Andy, I'm very sorry for this delay! I wasn't notified by email as I was supposed to (actually, I'm having some problems since I signed up because I didn't get the verification email either, but a post in the site suggested I should try logging in and I had luck).
Update: I changed the vet and now I'm having another problem. The previous vet gave Martino a "not too wise" prescription, just like you said (my concern was well-founded). He began to show signs of rejection to medication, especially vomiting and diarrhea. So I decided to stop because -it sounds awful- I felt I was intoxicating him. I started to despair.
Then, I found a vet hospital in a city far away from here. I organized my schedule and I went there the day before yesterday (wednesday). They were very kind, I explained everything since he woke up from hibernation, what the previous vet prescribed (the new vet didn't criticize but she didn't seem happy about it), I also showed pics and videos so they could see symptoms, etc etc. She made him some x-rays because she suspected pneumonia and unfortunately she was correct. But... the good news: she said I shouldn't be worried because it was quite mild and it was just beginning, so the diagnosis was early. Actually, it's located only in the right lung (upper section) but the left one is clean and full of oxygen. I started to breathe again and returned to life... The last month has been a constant concern because -I don't remember if I said it in my previous post- there are not vets specialized in exotic animals where I live. The previous one lived also a few towns from here but after what happened I don't trust him anymore (oh, before I forget answering your question: yes, there are some places to buy medicine but mostly for dogs and cats).
Now... the new problem. The new doctor prescribed antibiotics (I won't be specific on this because I don't want to break the forum rules, but if you want I can provide you with further details by private message) for 15 days, intracoelomic route.
She gave him the first dose and taught me the procedure and technique to do it safely at home because -as I said- I live far away from the hospital and I can't take him there daily. But today I realized she didn’t mention some important topics. For example, she showed me how to do it using my tortoise’s right side but I was wondering if I can also use its left side, next to its left leg (thus, I could alternate).
On the other hand, yesterday I gave Martino the second dose and I felt confident, when I aspirated with the syringe to check as she taught me there was no liquid. But, I couldn't aspirate with the siringe at all, I felt an opposing force that stopped me and I don't know if that's ok.
The worst happened a few hours ago when I gave him a new dose. I missed the right spot two times (this time when I aspirated with the syringe it started to fill with liquid and I freaked out because I knew I had probably punctured his bladder, and I had to do it again because I had no choice… I had to throw the syringes to the basket and fill a new one, thank God I think I did it well the third time).
She also told me that nothing wrong would happen if I missed the right place and punctured the bladder but explained me that Martino would urinate the medicine and he would be missing his dose. Nevertheless, I just did some research by my own and I read that I could’ve also punctured his lungs… and now I’m even more worried! It never stops, Andy. Maybe I'm just being paranoic, she said it was a safe procedure and that's why she was suggesting it. But I feel I'm doing everything wrong, I just want to see him healthy again.
If you know anything about this kind of procedures, I would appreciate so much any tip or suggestion on this matter to improve the technique and do it correctly the next time. I’m obviously not a vet so it’s quite hard to me to do all this because I don’t want to harm him (and I think that's my biggest mistake, since I don't feel confident about it). I’ve seen that it’s true that this procedure can be performed at home by owners but after what happened today I think she should’ve let me try it in front of her so she could check if I was doing it in the right way or not and I could see which was the right spot.
Today I felt awful when I missed the first injections because he wasn’t having a good time (he started to "talk" quite loud). This vet works -as I said- in a vet hospital and I can’t reach her without an appointment (she only works there 3 times a week and I must wait 7-10 days for a new appointment, which is really bad because Martino already started his treatment and I shouldn’t suspend it). As if this were not enough, they're not open on weekends. But they became Martino's only chance.
I've been reading a lot of articles for the last 5 hours, but there are not much information about it or it's too technical :\
Thanks again for everything, Andy.