You must be proud of their health - I think vets hadn't a clue about tortoise treatment until fairly recently, and just assumed they were the same as any other creature, including humans. When we first got Zola, the man at the pet shop,who had tortoises of his own, suggested we get a de-wormer medicine from the local vet, because he thought it would be likely Zola had got them. So we went to the vet -most of the staff had never seen a baby tortoise before - and we ended up with these big burly men, who usually had their arms up cows' bottoms in their work - all coo-ing over Zola and crowding round !! As you can imagine, these vets wouldn't have been much help at all with Zola -but we got the worm stuff, gave him a tiny amount, and all was well!We're a bit heavier than you Zola and I don't suppose the strawberries help. When MaNaAk picked us up earlier she laughed because Daisy's mouth was so red it reminded her lions devouring prey on wildlife programmes and as for she had strawberry segments around her mouth and MaNaAk tried to work how she got strawberry under her shell. We are so sorry about your bad starts in life Zola and Sapphire. There are some idiots out there who shouldn't be allowed to keep pets. The scan picked a tiny hole under Daisy's shell which could have been there when she hatched as it is invisible to the eye. The mark on top of her shell was made when she tried to visit the neighbour by tunnelling under the fence!
The scan picked up 79 years of medical history and it is the first time that Daisy has had this bar the trip to an idiot vet that diagnosed Jacky and Daisy with an underactive thyroid years ago. They were given medication and later told by another vet that their thyroids were fine! Jacky has spent 86 years with nothing!
Jacky and Daisy
After that, apart from getting his beak trimmed, Zola has never seen a vet. He was very fragile when we first had him, because of being stepped on by someone, which split his shell, and his insides were damaged, but he needed nursing care,not a vet, and we were able to get him stronger, and he had real fighting spirit - he is really strong now - and maybe we love him even more because of what he - and we - have been through together.