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Old 14-05-2013, 06:15 PM
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I assumed you had got the two together, but did you buy a second one? They are perfectly happy, possibly happier, on their own.

Has he not eaten any of the things live/moving things suggested? Don't feed too much raw hamburger as goodness alone knows what is in it, but perhaps try the smallest amount to see if it will ignite any interest, but I really wouldn't recommend anything that is processed like this at all, usually.

Whereabouts are you so that perhaps we can recommend a vet?
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Old 14-05-2013, 07:01 PM
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If I had the money for a specialist vet I wouldn't be here. When I got the little guy of course they didn't tell me turtles are expensive pets. I know I know. I should have done more research. But I have now! I have everything he needs. All I can really do is wait. Let Mother Nature take its course because I didn't make him sick. If he is sick, he's been that way since I got him. He's never acted any different. I know this cannot be normal behavior. Even for a shy one. 3 weeks is too long for a turtle to not eat. If I would have done my research maybe I would t have been in a hurry to buy his stuff he needed and then I would have had the money to see a vet. I can at least make him comfortable. I cannot say he would be at the place I purchased him... If I had to guess the rest of them at the place is sick too!
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Old 14-05-2013, 07:03 PM
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He is not gasping for air or even opening his mouth to breath, nor does he have a runny nose or any of the symptoms of having that wrong except laying his head down.
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Old 14-05-2013, 09:42 PM
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If I had the money for a specialist vet I wouldn't be here. When I got the little guy of course they didn't tell me turtles are expensive pets. I know I know. I should have done more research. But I have now! I have everything he needs. All I can really do is wait. Let Mother Nature take its course because I didn't make him sick. If he is sick, he's been that way since I got him. He's never acted any different. I know this cannot be normal behavior. Even for a shy one. 3 weeks is too long for a turtle to not eat. I would have had the money to see a vet. I can at least make him comfortable. !
right..correct me if im wrong... but from reading your post.. you have no intention of taking him to the vets. Just because its a specialist vet doesnt mean its anymore expensive, it just means you are going to someone who knows what they are talking about in regards to your turt.

I really hope I didn't read, that you are going to let nature take its course and see if it dies, because you didnt make it sick, so its not your fault, it was like it when you got it, therefore negating you of responsibility. If you cant afford to take it to a vets then please give it to someone who can, letting it suffer and *letting nature take its course* is cruel.

Also, just ringing the vet and asking advice is better than nothing

I apologise if I read your post wrong, but thats how you have come across.
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Old 14-05-2013, 09:46 PM
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If you got the turtle from a shop can you not take it back? Surely they have a responsibility to access a vet if they have sold you a sick animal. I think that is what I would do in your situation. Most pet shops offer some sort of guarantee?????
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Old 14-05-2013, 10:06 PM
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That's what I intend on doing. I'm going to ring them tomorrow. He has been sick since I've had him and I've already spend hundreds of dollars on this pet. Including medications vets say for the symptoms. I just went and bought another calcium block to make sure he's getting nutrients because he's not eating. But I know for certain the pet shop isn't going to assume any responsibility. And who is going to take a sick turtle off my hands just to take on a responsibility of a vet bill? And if I understand correctly all I can do now is wait and see if he responds to all of the changes. I am not cruel to try to make him comfortable, he's way more comfortable than he would have been at that rinky dink pet shop. I have no more money to take him to a vet. Believe me I'd be the first to give that advice too! I didn't think I'd be taking on a sick turtle right away. All of my funds went into assuring his setup was perfect. If this would have happened later on I'd have been more prepared for the money. As I was saying above, short of taking him to the vet I've done all I can do. The rest is up to Mother Nature. That's the point I was making.
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Might just be my cynical nature, but I think if you take it back to the shop, youll probably get your money back and itll get tossed back in with any others they have, or youll get your money back and itll get tossed in the bin. Pet shops are businesses, businesses only exist to make money and having to give medical care to something that has a value of pence, maybe a couple of pounds, is not good business.
A bit like if you find a racing pigeon thats lost and exhausted with a ring on and you contact the owner, the bird is no use to the pigeon racing owner cos it cant win a race and will get its neck rung.
Id love to be wrong, but thats how I see things!

Why dont you just ring a reptile vet and ask how much it would be for even just an injection of antibiotics or something.
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Old 14-05-2013, 11:04 PM
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So if your child was ill, would you leave it to 'mother nature.'?

Im sorry but your attitude towards this sickens me. If this was my animal and it showed signs of illness I would take it to the vet!

Or is this a case of the treatment pontentially costing more than the animal cost to buy? Classing the animal as a 'disposable pet'?

Wise up, grow up, and visit the vet!

........Or dont keep animals!
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Old 14-05-2013, 11:27 PM
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This has nothing to do with how much he cost! Did you even read what I've wrote? I just moved. I don't have a job yet. I've spent every dollar I have giving him the home he deserves! I've literally spent countless resources trying to make sure he lives! I didn't expect this to be so expensive. So I have spent everything to make sure his home is ok. Thinking his "dish" thy gave me was the problem I've spent everything I have because I know improper advice was making him sicker and that maybe he'd get better. So no it's not a matter of how much he costs. He was only 40 dollars and I've spent twice more on his set up. God ppl twist my words. Take his how you may.
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Old 14-05-2013, 11:40 PM
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If you couldn't afford the animal or correct setup why buy the animal??

Poor thing.

Cost should be irrelevant and the health of the animal paramount.

Obviously you should of done more research.

Was this an impulse buy?

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