(EMERGENCY!!!) Ivermectin Toxicity now!

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All I know is Ivermectin is toxic to tortoises. I haven't heard if there is an antidote. I wonder if the poison control center knows.
 

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I just asked my friend Google. Look up "is there an antidote for Ivermectin poisoning in tortoises?"

Your vet should be held accountable.
I keep looking but everything I find is pretty old and nothing particular to Russian Tortoises. Fluids and charcoal but the current vet didn't mention or offer any support for the tort, except soaks.
 

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I keep looking but everything I find is pretty old and nothing particular to Russian Tortoises. Fluids and charcoal but the current vet didn't mention or offer any support for the tort, except soaks.
Its too late tonight, but I will text my vet friend to morrow to see what can be done.

Does your vet now realize the mistake that he/she made?
 

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Its too late tonight, but I will text my vet friend to morrow to see what can be done.

Does your vet now realize the mistake that he/she made?
Had quite the appetite last night. Haven't tried to wake him yet this morning. Fingers crossed!
The vet is out with Covid. Will contact her when I can. Not specialist. Does wildlife though.
 

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The odds of survival are probably not good. This paper discusses administration of Ivermectin to five redfoot tortoises and only one survived. It also likely depends on the dose your tort received.


Pancur is usually what is used for deworming.

Good luck. I hope your tortoise pulls through.
 

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Best wishes, Im afraid I don’t have anything helpful to say other then I’ll be thinking of them.
 

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Read the study Zissou posted and if he is conscious and able to move today I’m inclined to think he should pull through.
 

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Read the study Zissou posted and if he is conscious and able to move today I’m inclined to think he should pull through.
He is about the same, hasn't been unconscious as far as I know. Still pooping and eating a little. Most of the studies were a long time ago and were injected. My tortoise took it orally.
 

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Yes! I have another vet appointment tomorrow morning so he can hopefully give supportive care. I have charcoal for birds but don't want to give it as I don't know how. I am giving soaks. Hopefully he will get fluids administered tomorrow if he can make it that long. Thank You!
 

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Hi Tom, any luck with this topic?
I asked: "Is there anything a person can do if their vet gave their tortoise Ivermectin?"

My vet friends answer: "A ton of fluids, tube feeding, and sometimes respiratory support through a ventilator. It takes them days or weeks to recover if they recover, in these cases the prognosis is guarded. Some may recover faster and they may survive."
 

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Thank you Tom. Tortellini is going to a different vet (the 2nd for this toxicity issue) tomorrow. He has not stopped eating. He is still pooping when we soak him, and then he is lively in his tank for a while. Actually looks a bit better tonight. Visiting tomorrows vet for IV Fluids hopefully if they are needed. Thanks again.
 

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