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Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, help!

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  1. Sk8gal

    Sk8gal Elite Member

    I know this is kind of long, but please help!!

    Okay, I first noticed my 2 1/2inch red-eared slider turtle, Sunny, was swimming lopsided. Her diet, habitat, tank size, and temperature was fine, so I thought it was nothing. But later I noticed she won't go in the water, she only basks with her head down and eyes closed. She isn't eating. She sometimes breathes through her mouth. Also, in the morning, I noticed the area around her mouth was foaming a little:eek:.
    I researched these turtle symptoms, and I think she has pneumonia.
    I'm too young to drive, and I don't have enough money to take her to see the vet.
    I asked my mom if she could take Sunny to the vet, she said no because it was "a big waste of money":mad:. I showed her just how sick my Sunny was, and she told me, "Its just a turtle."
    I replied,"She's not just a turtle, she's my baby!"
    Then, she told me (this made me super angry) "If she dies, we'll just buy you another one"

    I kept begging her, but she kept saying no and that the turtle wouldn't be treated because of it's small size. I told her the vet would treat any animal, but she just ignored me.

    Right now, Sunny is gaping with her eyes closed:(.

    Please help, what should I do? I can't stand losing my babygirl!
     
  2. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    If she has an upper respiratory infection, without the proper medication she will ultimately perish.
     
  3. Sk8gal

    Sk8gal Elite Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    What should I do? My turtle needs help!
     
  4. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    You need to get the animal looked at by a vet. there really isn't much you can do without meds.
     
  5. Sk8gal

    Sk8gal Elite Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    Well, my parentswon't let me because "it's just a turtle".Ughhh... I'm only 15, I can't drive yet!
     
  6. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    Do you have any money? Can you get a friends parent to take you? Sometimes you need to show your parents how much you care. When you do take it in, be sure its a reptile vet.
     
  7. Sk8gal

    Sk8gal Elite Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    I had about fifty dollars, but I spent it all on re-decorating my turtles' tank (most of my money I spend on my herps)
    I called my friend, but I remember she's out of town. My other friend HATES reptiles (how could she??:eek:)...

    I just told my parents that I care so much for my turtles, I'd walk those fifteen miles to a vet if she gave me the money, even in this dreadful rain. She ignored me:mad:

    Hold on, Sunny!
     
  8. The D

    The D Mango Empress

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    Do you get an allowance? try calling the vet to see if they'll let you set up a payment plan. good luck!
     
  9. nicole

    nicole Elite Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    are you anywhere near where i live?

    also do you have a uvb light or are you using just a heat lamp for basking. You need to try to kick up the heat a little for her and set her up in her own tank as long as you have everything you need to do that.

    I am sorry your parents feel that way,, it is ultimately their responsibility. Without the proper treatment and medications your turtle will perish. These are animals that can live longer than most dogs if proper care is given. If you are anywhere near me I will help you.
     
  10. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    me too
     
  11. Sk8gal

    Sk8gal Elite Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    I live in Torrance, California. By the way, if Sunny does get seen by a vet, will they take her away? I bought her when I knew almost nothing about turtles, so I didn't know they were illegal to sell if they were under four inches...
     
  12. nicole

    nicole Elite Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    No they wont take her. They may ask you where you got her. There are so many ways around the 4 inch turtle law its not funny,,, A lot of people do them as an ADOPTION, with an adoption fee that goes with it. It is all in how it is worded. Look online one of the biggest turtle/tort breeders words it as an adoption,, with some of the "adoption" fees being well over a grand, lol. It is perfectly legal for them to do that. I have adopted turtles out that were under 4 inches,, but to cover my own butt,, I do NOT ask for any kind of money whatsoever.
     
  13. Sk8gal

    Sk8gal Elite Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    I live in California. I get an allwance, $4 a week... But my mom's on vacation so she isn't getting paid... Today Sunny won't eat an basks pitifully...It makes me cry...
     
  14. nicole

    nicole Elite Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    Are there no rescues around there?
     
  15. Sk8gal

    Sk8gal Elite Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    I only know dog and cat rescues here in Torrance:(
     
  16. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    http://www.rescuers.com/MasterList.pdf
    Here is a really long PDF list of rescues in California. I recommend you find someone who can take your turtle since you can not care for it properly.
     
  17. nicole

    nicole Elite Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    I just got off the phone with Cheryl from Reptile Rapsody Rescue,, she gave me the number to a guy named John, who is a stonesthrow away from you,, according to her, who is affiliated with her. I am going to private message you his number, you have to take the animal too him and surrender her, but then she will get the treatment and medication she so desperately needs and maybe will live through this,,,, time is of the essence though! Tell him you were referred to him by a rescuer in washington state who called her and she referred him for you. I am going to Private message you with his number.
     
  18. Sk8gal

    Sk8gal Elite Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    Hold on, my mom has been a bit convinced to bring Sunny to an affordable vet. I f I don't respond, it's because I'm bringing Sunny to the vet :).
     
  19. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    You don't want an affordable vet, you want a KNOWLEDGEABLE vet. Make sure it is a reptile specialist who has a lot of experience with turtles or you will have a vet bill and a dead turtle.
     
  20. Sk8gal

    Sk8gal Elite Member

    Re: Turtle with multiple symptoms of pneumonia, he

    Yup, that too.
     
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