Tuesday, February 28, 2017

3041. A 20-year-old female red-eared slider is lethargic, not eating, not moving for over 10 days

Red eared slider, F, 20 yrs

egg binding

Egg binding is most probable cause of lethargy and not eating for over 10 days.
Owner took home and provided a sand box for egg laying for the next 6 days, but no eggs were laid.
The slider usually laid eggs in batches of 3 in the water in a tank shared with a male slider, during the past years, but this year, she had not laid any eggs.

X rays show around 13 eggs.
The vet advised oxytocin injections for the next few days but the owner wanted the slider home.
Feeding orally the Critical Care from Ox bow 6 times a day. "She was able to walk a while, after
eating, but soon became lethargic," the lady owner told me yesterday, Mar 7, 2017.

I advised warm water and putting her back to the tank in which she used to lay eggs in the water durng the previous years.

As at March 8, 2017, the slider had not laid any eggs in the sand box. So

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