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Hi, I wonder if you could tell me why my little tortoise might be blowing bubbles out of his nose?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
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Hello,

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I'm Dr. Jo and I'm here to help you with your question about your tortoise.

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I'm so sorry he's having this problem, but glad you're looking for the information you need.

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I'm sorry to say that the most common reason a tortoise will blow bubbles from his nose is because of a respiratory infection.

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Pneumonia is possible, as is a sinus infection.

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These infections can be particularly insidious in tortoises, so I would advise having this checked out by a knowledgeable and experienced herp vet as soon as possible.

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The vet will be able to do a thorough physical examination and the necessary diagnostic tests to determine the source of the problem and what kind of treatment is indicated.

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Depending on what your vet finds, he or she may also want to take x-rays, and will most likely examine some of the bubble stuff under the microscope in order to make a diagnosis.

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Unfortunately, there isn't any home care I can recommend for this problem. Your tortoise really needs professional medical care for this issue.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

hi,

Thank you for your reply.

I am not surprised he has an infection, he has been missing all winter and it is only by some incredible miracle that I found him this morning a long way from home, and alive. I don't know if we have such a vet around here, I live in a rural area, mostly farms and large household pets, however, I will make enquiries in the morning.

I do have a question though, if he needs an antibiotic for instance, how do you dose him, he is only 6yrs old and 6 inches long?

Thanks again

Jen

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
Hello,
Thank you so much for getting back to me. My first response is OHMYGOODNESS!!!
It really is a miracle that you got him back after this grand adventure! I am so shocked!
With tortoises we typically give medications orally or by injection. It's actually pretty easy to do either one. When I have a pet owner with a tortoise who needs shots, I usually teach them how to do it so they can administer the injections at home.
It's so wonderful you got him back. Now the challenge remains to get him well. I do so hope you're able to find a vet willing to work with him and you.
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
If you go to YouTube and search under, "How to give a Tortoise a Shot", there are several videos.
Here's a link to one...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKIO4vENEWk
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
Don't hesitate to ask if you have any other questions.
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