Turtles

Wellness Info

Post-Purchase Exam: Physical Exam, Fecal Analysis, CBC (Complete Blood Count)

6-Month Exam: Physical Exam, Fecal Analysis

Annual Exam: Physical Exam, Fecal Analysis, CBC/Chemistries

Geriatric Exam: Physical Exam, Fecal Analysis, CBC/Chemistries, Radiographs, Ultrasound

Emergencies

If your exotic pet is exhibiting any of the symptoms described below, contact us immediately at 843-216-8387.

Weak or unresponsive, keeping eyes closed, open-mouthed breathing, tremoring or twitching, prolonged lack of appetite, vomiting or regurgitation, frantic movements, bloody droppings, prolonged straining to pass stool or egg, prolapse.

It is important to keep your reptile warm. You can soak your pet in a small amount of lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes twice daily, which may help with hydration. It is important that we examine your pet as soon as possible to correct the underlying condition.

Services

Wellness Exams, Boarding, Microchipping, Gender Determination, Diagnostics, Spaying/Neutering

Boarding

In order for your pet to board with us we require an exam within the last year with a clean bill of health. A fecal test with no parasites seen is also required. Your pet can have no changes in health since the last examination. If your pet’s examination was done by a different veterinarian, it needs to have been within the last six months and your pet’s complete record needs to be sent to our facility several days before boarding so we can evaluate the record to ensure all testing was done to our standards.

Common Diseases/Conditions

Inappetence, Parasites, Ear Infections (in water turtles), Malnutrition, Metabolic Issues

Choosing a Pet

TYPE PROS CONS

Box Turtle

Quiet, can have beautiful shells Eat live prey, including worms
FYI: Prone to respiratory and eye problems if care is not ideal

Red-Eared Slider / Yellow-Bellied Slider

Fun to watch both in and out of the water Tank will need constant maintenance and frequent cleaning, eat live prey as well as vegetable matter
FYI: Need UVA and UVB light, need stable temperature between 75 and 85 degrees F

Russian Tortoise

Small size Specialized dietary and housing needs
FYI: Very aggressive with other Russian tortoises, cannot be housed together

Sulcata Tortoise

Strong, interesting creatures Grow very quickly and will easily exceed 100 pounds, specialized dietary needs, need to graze and burrow
FYI: Humidity is a big issue, too much or too little can cause health problems, cannot tolerate cold and damp, prone to respiratory infections