Possible Austwickia in baby sulcata

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This is so sad. I also had a bad experience with a baby Sulcata and this disease. Wish people were more aware and concerned, especially breeders.
 

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This is so sad. I also had a bad experience with a baby Sulcata and this disease. Wish people were more aware and concerned, especially breeders.
Thank you Tammy! 😭 I am on my way to take him back right now. I’m so worried that I infected my healthy baby. Only time will tell now. I’m so sorry for your loss. 😔
 

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Thank you Tammy! 😭 I am on my way to take him back right now. I’m so worried that I infected my healthy baby. Only time will tell now. I’m so sorry for your loss. 😔
Since he said he's never heard of Austwickia, it would be doing him a favor to print out the info on the disease and take it along with the tortoise.
 

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Thank you Tammy! 😭 I am on my way to take him back right now. I’m so worried that I infected my healthy baby. Only time will tell now. I’m so sorry for your loss. 😔
Be sure that anything you've used on the sick tort gets washed in or scrubbed out with ammonia or thrown out. That's the only cleaner possibly working to kill aw. Bleach will not do it.

I am so sorry this has happened to you. I wouldn't buy another tort from him & I hope you get your money back. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that your other tort doesn't get this. This royally sucks.
 

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Since he said he's never heard of Austwickia, it would be doing him a favor to print out the info on the disease and take it along with the tortoise.
I informed him. He has since separated any tort w symptoms and cleaned everything will ammonia. He was very nice an apologetic about it. He did give me my money back and offered to replace my healthy tortoise, Spud, if he dies from it too. 😫. Im so scared that he is going to be infected as well. Only time will tell. I will keep you guys updated. 🤞🏻
 

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cleaning everything sadly will not cure the animals themselves and it *may or may not* be enough to clean things. i have seen both cases where even with ridiculous amounts of cleaning it still affected other babies. make sure the ammonia has a long enough wet time so you cant just spray it then wipe it. honestly burning anything they touched is the best option. our contact info is in my sig as well as you can always message me if you have any questions. we have been working with this longer then i think anyone else out there and have TONS of lab work and many necropsies done.
 

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cleaning everything sadly will not cure the animals themselves and it *may or may not* be enough to clean things. i have seen both cases where even with ridiculous amounts of cleaning it still affected other babies. make sure the ammonia has a long enough wet time so you cant just spray it then wipe it. honestly burning anything they touched is the best option. our contact info is in my sig as well as you can always message me if you have any questions. we have been working with this longer then i think anyone else out there and have TONS of lab work and many necropsies done.
Thank you so much everyone for your support! I will keep everyone updated on if my healthy tortoise contracts it. Being that I soaked them together I am pretty sure he will get it too. I feel so terrible. I was crying in bed last night. I just can’t believe this has happened. 😔😭. Thank you again everyone.
 

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You could not have known about this awful disease. Not your fault. We all learn from these bad experiences.
 

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You could not have known about this awful disease. Not your fault. We all learn from these bad experiences.
What she said. Do not beat yourself up, SS. I'm glad you found this forum. We are here to help.
 

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His name is Mike. He’s in Orlando FL. I found him through a Craigslist ad. 😔
I'm so glad I saw this post-- I was eyeballing his post the other day but something told me something was off. Such a bummer, but that's the risk we take sometimes. Please keep us posted on how everything goes. I'm so sorry for this experience. :(
 
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