How to Care for Turtles : How to Identify a Sick Turtle


Hi! My name is Sarah. I’m here at Pet Land
in Pembroke Pines tonight, and on behalf of expertvillage.com, I’m going to speak with
you a little bit about purchasing and owning a pet turtle. If you have a pet turtle, you’re
probably wondering how you will know when it is sick. Something to watch out for are
if your turtle is excessively lethargic, if it loses its appetite, or if you notice any
abnormal lumps or bumps—you also should make note of the fact if your turtle seems
like its eyes are cloudy or puffy or keeping them closed. You should always make sure that
your turtle is bright, alert and active. If your turtle is not, you should check with
a qualified reptile veterinarian to get your turtle in for an exam as soon as possible.
When bringing a sick turtle to a veterinarian, you should keep in mind that just because
they may be smaller than cats and dogs, it does not mean that their veterinary bills
are any smaller. Many reptile veterinarians that work on turtles did a lot of specialized
training that cost them both time and money to be able to competently work on these animals.
Therefore, their care is not any less than that of cats and dogs. Also keep in mind that
in addition to the training that is required to work on turtles, that much of the equipment
that is required to work on them is also very specialized, and then therefore, you must
keep this in mind when you are evaluating the cost of their care. On behalf of expertvillage.com,
I would like to thank you for letting me speak to you about your pet turtle. If you would
like more information on the hospital that I work at, you may visit our web site at www.extracareanimalhospital.net.
If you would like more information on Pet Land in Pembroke Pines, you may visit their
web site at www.petland.com.

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