(EMERGENCY!!!) Ivermectin Toxicity now!

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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.
That he is still alive is interesting. Can you double triple confirm that "Ivermectin" was the wormer administered and that someone is not confused? Maybe the tech wrote the wrong thing in the file, or the vet said the wrong thing. She meant Panacur, but in her oncoming covid sickness stammered out "ivermectin" by mistake? Maybe the animal before yours was treated with Ivermectin so she had Ivermectin on the brain? Also ask for the exact dosage and concentration. Was it a paste or injectable? If it was a paste, the tortoise may have had a minimal dose, as that can be tough to administer.

I sure hope he pulls through, and the appetite is a very good indicator that he could.
 

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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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I have no experience with Torts. I lean to agree with Tom. Fluids and soaks to flush out system. Maybe ask Tom about Watermelons since that is mostly water. Get Tortellini to pea more. Just a thought. Dont want Tortellini to end up with Diabities on top of everything else
 

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Good luck . I think appetite is a good indicator although a terrible situation.
 

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That he is still alive is interesting. Can you double triple confirm that "Ivermectin" was the wormer administered and that someone is not confused? Maybe the tech wrote the wrong thing in the file, or the vet said the wrong thing. She meant Panacur, but in her oncoming covid sickness stammered out "ivermectin" by mistake? Maybe the animal before yours was treated with Ivermectin so she had Ivermectin on the brain? Also ask for the exact dosage and concentration. Was it a paste or injectable? If it was a paste, the tortoise may have had a minimal dose, as that can be tough to administer.

I sure hope he pulls through, and the appetite is a very good indicator that he could.
Thank you. Yes, she is sure, as well as I. She says she uses it a lot in Snapping Turtles as she does wildlife rehab work. She now knows of the problem and is mortified; she is a wonderful vet and I should have realized myself, or gone to a more specialized vet, but she is very kind and sympathetic to my more delicate pets, mainly birds, and I was just taking Tortellini in for a 'wellness' check (along with two birds) as he has had worms on his past three visits (to another vet too, and was treated with Panacur then). It was Ivomec (DVMectin 250 ml) inj; and the dose was about .05 injected into Romaine Lettuce, of which he did eat all of it (there was NO lettuce left, good boy!) I was able to visit a very qualified Exotic vet this morning who had originally thought the worst when he first heard, however, he said Tortellini is probably beyond the worst of it and to watch closely over the weekend. This morning he was a bit more active also. No other support except to continue soaking. When we soak him, he always poops, which is probably what is helping him. I will keep you updated. The bloodwork should come back in the next few days also. Thanks again. Robin
 

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Thank you. Yes, she is sure, as well as I. She says she uses it a lot in Snapping Turtles as she does wildlife rehab work. She now knows of the problem and is mortified; she is a wonderful vet and I should have realized myself, or gone to a more specialized vet, but she is very kind and sympathetic to my more delicate pets, mainly birds, and I was just taking Tortellini in for a 'wellness' check (along with two birds) as he has had worms on his past three visits (to another vet too, and was treated with Panacur then). It was Ivomec (DVMectin 250 ml) inj; and the dose was about .05 injected into Romaine Lettuce, of which he did eat all of it (there was NO lettuce left, good boy!) I was able to visit a very qualified Exotic vet this morning who had originally thought the worst when he first heard, however, he said Tortellini is probably beyond the worst of it and to watch closely over the weekend. This morning he was a bit more active also. No other support except to continue soaking. When we soak him, he always poops, which is probably what is helping him. I will keep you updated. The bloodwork should come back in the next few days also. Thanks again. Robin
 

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As Tom suggested, try to confirm what the tort was given.
Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (do this NOW).
If the material was administered topically, wash off the tort using some gentle dish soap (do this NOW).
You may need to see an Emergency Vet.
Feel free to PM me.
 

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As Tom suggested, try to confirm what the tort was given.
Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (do this NOW).
If the material was administered topically, wash off the tort using some gentle dish soap (do this NOW).
You may need to see an Emergency Vet.
Feel free to PM me.
Thank you. He has been to two vets. It was Monday when it was INJESTED. All we can do now is SOAK and WAIT.
 

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Thank you. He has been to two vets. It was Monday when it was INJESTED. All we can do now is SOAK and WAIT.
Sorry to hear that.
I would double check as to what was to actually administered.
I would encourage you to call the ASPCA Poison Control--they are very expert in terms of knowing what to do to combat a toxicity.
 

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That he is still alive is interesting. Can you double triple confirm that "Ivermectin" was the wormer administered and that someone is not confused? Maybe the tech wrote the wrong thing in the file, or the vet said the wrong thing. She meant Panacur, but in her oncoming covid sickness stammered out "ivermectin" by mistake? Maybe the animal before yours was treated with Ivermectin so she had Ivermectin on the brain? Also ask for the exact dosage and concentration. Was it a paste or injectable? If it was a paste, the tortoise may have had a minimal dose, as that can be tough to administer.

I sure hope he pulls through, and the appetite is a very good indicator that he could.
 

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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.
Good luck.
Keep us updated, please.
 
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