Hello, I’m new and need help

Desertgal

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Hello, my Russian tortoise, Hannah, I was told by the vet that she has pneumonia… I actually think she’s having problems with her nostrils as they are totally blocked. (She’s had this problem before and one vet opened them up by drilling?) how else can I get them opened?? I feel so badly bigot her.
 

MenagerieGrl

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Is she under any treatment from the vet . . you said the vet thought it was Pneumonia . . ?
 

MenagerieGrl

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Oh, and welcome Desertgal and Hannah :tort:to TFO ?.
There's are a lot of great folks here, that know way more than I.
Were all here because we love our tort's, and share what we know and have learned.
How old is Hannah, and how long have you had her?
 

Lyn W

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Hi and welcome,
How old is your tort?
Torts usually have problems because of things that we do or don't for them, so the first thing to do is to check all your temps and general husbandry. There is a lot of old and incorrect care information being circulated by pet stores, breeders and even some non specialist vets and social media sites like FB, so many of us start out making mistakes.
The good news is you've found TFO and this is the up to date carehseet you need to help make any changes, which is something most of us have had to do.
Read through that and try to follow the advice as closely as possible but ask as many questions as you like.
if you post some pics of his enclosure and the lamps you are using you'll get good feedback to help give your tort a safe and healthy home.
 

Yvonne G

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Hi, and welcome!

Soak the tortoise in warm water, and because you want to loosen up the gunk on its nose, jury rig some sort of tent for soaking inside - something to keep the warm, moist air inside. After about 15 minutes, wrap it in a towell and try picking out the nostrils with the pointy end of a straight pin, being very careful to not actually prick the tortoise with the pin.

I'm thinking maybe you're not keeping the tortoise warm enough. Please give us a good explanation of how the tortoise lives - lights, temperature, size of enclosure, etc.
 
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