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Author:  Mosedale [ Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Stone removal procedure

Hello all. I have been given the opportunity to take on a neighbors tortoise ( they are moving to Canada). My concern is the tortoise which is a 2 year old Hermann's has been diagnosed with a bladder stone. Will this be easy for me to get a vet to get rid of ? Or will it kill him ? . I don't want to take him on just to lose him, also I'm new to keeping tortoises myself. Any advise would be helpful
Author:  Sandy [ Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Stone removal procedure

Mosedale wrote:Hello all. I have been given the opportunity to take on a neighbors tortoise ( they are moving to Canada). My concern is the tortoise which is a 2 year old Hermann's has been diagnosed with a bladder stone. Will this be easy for me to get a vet to get rid of ? Or will it kill him ? . I don't want to take him on just to lose him, also I'm new to keeping tortoises myself. Any advise would be helpful


If the bladder stone is not delt with properly by a vet, then indeed the tortoise can die.
Author:  Mosedale [ Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Stone removal procedure

Hi Sandy. Thank you for replying to another of my questions. Do you happen to know about the procedure. My neighbour is under the impression either medication or breaking it up and taking out the bottom area is what's needed. I've heard the shell needs to be cut open to allow access. The lump is about a large pea size.
Author:  Sandy [ Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Stone removal procedure

Mosedale wrote:Hi Sandy. Thank you for replying to another of my questions. Do you happen to know about the procedure. My neighbour is under the impression either medication or breaking it up and taking out the bottom area is what's needed. I've heard the shell needs to be cut open to allow access. The lump is about a large pea size.



It depends on the size of the stone and the tortoise.
Sometimes the stone can be broken up, sometimes they need to use surgery.
A lot depends on the experience of the tortoise vet.
Thats about my knowledge of stones:0)
Author:  Tortoise Trust [ Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Stone removal procedure

It really needs an assessment. The surgery is quite invasive. However, sometimes, by getting them away from heat lamps (dehydrating), giving lots of soaks, and correct diet, they can gradually break down over time. It does not sound too large right now, so I would take that approach.
Author:  Mosedale [ Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Stone removal procedure

Tortoise Trust wrote:It really needs an assessment. The surgery is quite invasive. However, sometimes, by getting them away from heat lamps (dehydrating), giving lots of soaks, and correct diet, they can gradually break down over time. It does not sound too large right now, so I would take that approach.


When you say getting them away from heat lamps, would that be by keeping him outside when suitable or reducing lamp duration ?
I have convinced her a few months ago to change his diet. She used to feed coloured pellets a few times a week and weeds,,now it's purely weeds.
Thank you.
Author:  Tortoise Trust [ Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Stone removal procedure

Both.
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