Dogs & Tortoises...

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Dogs & Tortoises...

Postby Tortoise Trust » Wed May 25, 2016 8:58 am

Unfortunately, at this time of year we see too many like this!

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This one is (I think) going to be one of the lucky ones and should make a full recovery. Others are not so lucky...

Interestingly, we have changed how we treat these over the years. Now, we simply disinfect and irrigate the wounds then get them outside immediately into natural UV and IR... rarely use antibiotics! The UV and IR seems to do it!
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Re: Dogs & Tortoises...

Postby Tracy33 » Wed May 25, 2016 1:49 pm

Oh Andy , that's shocking !!!!!...
Is this a wild tortoise ?
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Re: Dogs & Tortoises...

Postby Tortoise Trust » Wed May 25, 2016 5:11 pm

Yes.

Roaming dogs (or dogs off leashes) + wild tortoises = not good!
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Re: Dogs & Tortoises...

Postby Bigjoe » Wed May 25, 2016 5:36 pm

On more than one occasion I've spoken to Tortoise keepers that I've met about the dangers of dogs ...the only way I've gotten some to think about this after hearing...they've gotten on together for years without any problems ..is to remind them of family dogs that have turned on a child with terrible results with no warning at all...
In the best hands this little one
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Re: Dogs & Tortoises...

Postby Stuart » Wed May 25, 2016 10:47 pm

Too right, Joe.

I have dogs and tortoises, but there's a fence separating them, and covered enclosures.

The injuries shown in Andy's photos look horrific - remarkable to read that he can be reasonably optimistic about this one!
Quite resilient creatures!
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Re: Dogs & Tortoises...

Postby Clara » Thu May 26, 2016 8:11 pm

Wishing this little one a good recovery in safe hands. Do keep us posted on his progress please Andy.

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Re: Dogs & Tortoises...

Postby Avatar » Mon May 30, 2016 9:07 am

oh no that's too horrible to see... :cry: speedy recovery for this one...
quite like the approach to use the nature to heal in tortoise medicine and perhaps this is a subject which needs further studying :)
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Re: Dogs & Tortoises...

Postby Bigjoe » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:01 pm

Unfortunately I'm going to remind people of the dangers of dogs and Tortoises,only tonight I took a call from a buddy of mine who's daughters Horsfield had been attacked by the family dog..small Yorkshire terrier...end result = DEAD Tortoise..
Very sad and avoidable
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Re: Dogs & Tortoises...

Postby Tortoise Trust » Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:02 am

Speaking of which.... TWO yesterday here. One not too bad. The other is very serious indeed. Major, major trauma.

I will post some photos later. They are graphic.

We are getting a lot at the moment to deal with....
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Re: Dogs & Tortoises...

Postby Bigjoe » Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:39 am

Get the pictures up Andy no matter how graphic is they are...sometimes shock treatment works to educate
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