In the sixth grade (possibly the 7th-I’d have to back to my diary to make sure) my best friend Laura gave me two turtles….to be honest she sold them to me- ten bucks a turtle. Anyhow, I convinced my parents to give me twenty dollars and I consequently acquired two turtles. I was very happy, the turtles were approximately two times larger than a quarter.
Warning: I am a tree lover, animal hugger, sea world show hater and awesome
* Hence this Story*
Before I go on with this story let me begin to inform you all that I got a brand new turtle *Saw* (he/she looks about 2-3 years old, but I’m no expert). I put this baby turtle with my other turtles (Escaper and Suicider)…my mistake.
Anyhow, about a week before this past Christmas I noticed Suicider was motionless in a corner and for a fraction of a second my heart stopped. I feared the worst so I quickly tapped on the tank and sighed in relief when he moved. I picked him up because unlike his other companions he was not happy to see me. When I saw his little face I’m not going to lie…I broke out crying.
His eye lids were swollen and the left eye had some little sore on the side. I thought he was going to die, and I picked up my other turtle and I noticed his eyelids were a bit swollen as well. Anyhow, I woke up everyone in my house and next thing I know my sister is communicating me with an animal hospital from Glendale (Palm Glen Animal Hospital) and I got an appointment that same day.
The Doctor that looked at my turtles was really nice. He said that he was 90% sure that my turtles had a skin condition. I hadn’t noticed, but both of my turtles were a bit red. He asked if I had put something in the tank with them recently, and sure enough I told him about Saw. Anyhow, we’re both sure that Saw got Escaper and Suicider sick.
He prescribed my turtles Baytril injectable 2.27% (every 48 hrs), and some eye drops- He showed me were I should inject my turtles, said something else and he left.
Now, even though I am a nursing student I was a bit freaked out about the idea of injecting my turtles. They can’t speak, and I am not familiar with their anatomy…I don’t want to hurt them!!!
So when the animal nurse came I told her she should do the first one so I could watch (to which she smiled and said that I had to do it at home -_-). That is the only thing I did not like about the hospital staff, they only showed me the locations of where I should inject my turtles, but I wasn’t told if I should clean the site with alcohol (like with humans) or aspirate to make sure I didn’t hit a vessel.
I did inject my turtles, and to be honest I am not sure I did it 100% correct, but they are physically fine (although still red-ish), the eyelids are less swollen. I also got a new tank for them and I separated my little one from the sick ones.
I am thinking about getting rid of it, but I am still waiting to see what happens.
The doctor said I should see a difference in five days, and I believe I have, but I can’t really be sure. I’m going to start taking pictures to see the progress.
I just really hope my turtles turn out okay because I love them and if they do not I will have to take them back and get some blood work done
Call me corny but it’s the truth.