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Carrot Soaks

Discussion in 'Tortoise Health' started by Destben, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. Destben

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    How many days can i give carrot soaks to a sick tortoise before it becomes detrimental? I know they soak in the vitamin A and to much can be harmful. @Yvonne G I figure you would probably know but i'm open to anyone's opinions.
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    I am not Yvonne but to my opinion you can soak as often as needed because through the skin cannot be absorbed too much of any vitamin that it will be detrimental.
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    Agree. Vitamins are not well absorbed by the skin because most only become valuable when metabolized. I'd soak away without worry and just hope he drinks some to get some of the nutrients.
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    Thats what i was thinking too but I was told only to do it for 3 days.
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    im on day 4
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    The three day figure comes up because you start to see improvement in three days.

    What's wrong with your tortoise? Carrot soaks don't offer a cure, they're not medicinal. The main function is to get vitamin A into a turtle/tortoise that isn't eating. This opens swollen shut eyes, and when a turtle can see, he eats. It doesn't cure R.I. or any other illness.
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    I picked him up Sunday knowing he was almost gone from being cold. Hes got more energy now but his eyes are still shut, no appetite, and he has an RI. So i'm hoping his eyes will open more, so like you said he will eat.
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    and by more I mean he opened one eye barely yesterday.
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    They cannot over dose on vit A by eating carrots or soaking in carrot juice. Use these soaks as long as you need to. Change it up and use yam baby food some of the time. Good luck.
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    Thank you I will do that
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    See? Day 3. Starts working everytime. Just keep it up. And leave him soaking for a long time. . . an hour isn't too long.
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    He still is really lethargic. I mean he’s moving around more but doesn’t stay awake long and doesn’t drink. He had fluids at the vet Monday and hasn’t lost any weight yet. I have to keep a paper towel under him while soaking or I’m sure he would drown. IMG_0502.jpg
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    You mean the poor little thing is too weak to hold his head up? Well, sounds like you may have to prepare for the worst. You could put a tiny bit more water in there. With his head resting on the towell, bring the water up to just below his nostrils.
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    So sorry to see this. Poor baby. You are doing what you can. Hope he pulls through.
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    I have been preparing myself just not giving up on him yet
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    He is improving energy wise but nothing else as of yet. he holds his head up alot longer now but its still not very long.
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    Who told you only to do three days with carrot soaks ? The VET ???
    You can put more water in his soaking bowl when you put more paper under his head. Can you try this ?
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    Another page told me 3 days. I trust y'all. Im Going to add enough to go to his nostrils today like Yvonne G suggested to see if he drinks on his own.
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    The only trustful page is TFO ! :D
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    So update on his lunch time soak. He made a real effort to keep his head up and did really good in the deeper carrot soaks. I'm pretty sure he at least swallowed a small amount. (I watched him like a hawk to make sure he didn't drown)
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