Back legs not working, pink urine, doesn't move

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Thanks for the pics, I agree, he doesnt look like hes suffering from MBD, at least not badly, he does look a bit fat though. Any reason you lean towards Kidney issues rather than general obesity @ZenHerper ?
Well, the same things that lead to obesity can damage the kidneys. Additionally, if he was kept dry and without optimal heating...kidneys. The legs are puffy like poor lymph movement and/or gout...kidneys. His disinterest in drinking...sluggish/backed up kidneys.

Diabetic humans often have co-morbid kidney disease since the kidneys are intimately involved in blood sugar management. For tortoises that have not evolved eating fruits, their kidneys are not able to manage those high amounts of sugar and they "wear out" quickly.

Since the kidneys are also involved with mineral metabolism, MBD develops secondary to renal stress.
 

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awesome, thanks. So it seems like we should just let him rest and keep him hydrated until we can get him in for testing. Hopefully it isn'y something that requires lots on money to get him well, but thats a problem for when we get there! We'll focus on getting him comfortable and as happy as we can make him until then! Thanks again so much
In the U.S., there is a company that brokers credit for veterinary bills (among other services):

Ask the vet/technician if they take Care Credit payments before agreeing to a work-up.
 

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If this were my tort, I would only start with a blood test which can show if organs are working right. Exotic vets are not cheap and I would not rush into a bunch of test right off the bat. If the blood shows all is well with kidneys etc then bring him home and continue with the better care and diet.
Also as long as you are soaking him, start the water therapy. Just soak him in a bigger deeper container.
Jumping into a bunch of test may just cost you a bunch of money for what a blood test should be able to answer.
 

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Vet visit? Do NOT take to a regular Vet, Critical to only take to an exotic animal vet that knows tortoises. CRITICAL! Regular vets are more likely to kill your tortoise and only run up a huge bill for NOTHING.
 

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Any update? How is Tony doing?
The vet said that all Tony needed was time! He’s been doing a lot better, and is even using his back legs a little bit more. After the vet on Thursday he went to hide in his log and comes out to eat and then goes back in, but he is shedding so he might be growing.
But yeah! All good news! They are testing his poop for parasites but other than that they didn’t feel like anything else was super necessary! Wohoo!
 

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The vet said that all Tony needed was time! He’s been doing a lot better, and is even using his back legs a little bit more. After the vet on Thursday he went to hide in his log and comes out to eat and then goes back in, but he is shedding so he might be growing.
But yeah! All good news! They are testing his poop for parasites but other than that they didn’t feel like anything else was super necessary! Wohoo!
That's good news! I'm glad to hear it!
 

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Quite a bit! It’s only his neck but it was a large majority of his neck, it’s done now!
This could be because he'd been dehydrated for a long time and your improved care got him hydrated so he could shed some old dead skin.

If the shedding doesn't continue, and the skin beneath looks healthy, I wouldn't be too worried about a little shed.
 

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The vet said that all Tony needed was time! He’s been doing a lot better, and is even using his back legs a little bit more. After the vet on Thursday he went to hide in his log and comes out to eat and then goes back in, but he is shedding so he might be growing.
But yeah! All good news! They are testing his poop for parasites but other than that they didn’t feel like anything else was super necessary! Wohoo!

I am DYING to know how much this vet charged you for saying “give him time”.
That should have been a “free-get to meet your pet” appointment!
Meet n greet = free.
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