Possible Prolapse of Penis, Urgent Help (Sulcata Tortoise)

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Today when I went in my backyard to check on him, I noticed a poop mostly comprised of pits and some wet stool in between them. It was not long after I saw him standing on his penis but keeping it out for longer than usual, then trying to pull it back in but the tip of his penis was still sticking out, and he just continued to walk seemingly unfazed by the amounts of dirt on it. (it was completley brown now)
I was now afraid, and began to soak him in warm water and continued to do so for about and hour, even soaking him in Epsom salt, which I saw in a youtube video on tortoise prolapse, but still it pops out. Urgent advice needed, I have tried touching it to push it back in but he has it tucked.
Urgent help needed, any help at all as to what has happend, or what I could do to treat the poor thing, or if I should take him to the vet. Please help.

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It is quite common for him to show his penis and stand on it, and is usually acompanied by urine or wetness of some kind, as he has been doing for about a month now, its somewhat normal. I am mostly concerned about his penis’ tip drying out, popping, cutting off bloodflow, or some other atrocitites.
 

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Put mineral oil, or vaseline, and carefully and gently massage the protuberance and see if you gently can push it back in. If not pack it in sugar and call an exotic vet
 

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Put mineral oil, or vaseline, and carefully and gently massage the protuberance and see if you gently can push it back in. If not pack it in sugar and call an exotic vet
I dont have mineral oil but I can try vaseline. What is the urgency of this, how long can it stay like that without becoming infected or sickly
 

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I dont have mineral oil but I can try vaseline. What is the urgency of this, how long can it stay like that without becoming infected or sickly
I also do not know if I could try and push it in, as he has the mass tucked underneath his shell, and I had tried to calm him while he was soakingto see if he release it, but to no avail
 

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If it doesn't look better tomorrow from the vaseline and sugar, I would take him to the vet.
 

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I dont have mineral oil but I can try vaseline. What is the urgency of this, how long can it stay like that without becoming infected or sickly
there's a real chance it can dry out and die. I just had a prolapsed penis, I greased it up and gently manipulated it and pushed it back in. It has stayed in.
 

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there's a real chance it can dry out and die. I just had a prolapsed penis, I greased it up and gently manipulated it and pushed it back in. It has stayed in.
Is it safe to leave his penis out as is overnight? Hes already asleep and I plan to take him to the vet in the morning, I do not think I could use vaseline on him because hes tucked tail
 

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Is it safe to leave his penis out as is overnight? Hes already asleep and I plan to take him to the vet in the morning, I do not think I could use vaseline on him because hes tucked tail
Not safe to leave it out all night. Pick your tortoise up and do what Maggie is telling you to do. Turn him upside down on your lap if necessary.

You said his stool was mostly comprised of "pits and wet stool in between them". What do you mean pits? Like big fruit seeds from peaches or something?
 

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Not safe to leave it out all night. Pick your tortoise up and do what Maggie is telling you to do. Turn him upside down on your lap if necessary.

You said his stool was mostly comprised of "pits and wet stool in between them". What do you mean pits? Like big fruit seeds from peaches or something?
Yes they were’nt from preaches, but a small fruit tree that grows in my neighbours yard over the fence. They fall so he mustve ate a few. Pick them up often, although Ive seen him eating them and Ive had to pull the actual pit out of his mouth while chewing. Theyre small yellow fruits, not big, but decent sized pits.
 

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Could you maybe turn him upside down like Tom said and get a q tip with Vaseline in there?
No q-tips. It is very easy to grease the protuberance and slowly and gently manipulate it and push it very gently back in his cloaca. Don't be afraid to try this. It's a lot easier than you think. My right hand is partially paralyzed, and I put one of my torts penis' back in a couple of weeks ago. Just hold it upside down on your lap, I poured mineral oil over his bulging penis (leave it Chubbs), and gently, simply manipulated it and gently pushed it back in. It's easier than you think, it either goes back in or it doesn't, but NO forcing, just gentle manipulation.
 
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Is it safe to leave his penis out as is overnight? Hes already asleep and I plan to take him to the vet in the morning, I do not think I could use vaseline on him because hes tucked tail
Pull his tail out. Hold it out and massage the damned thing and push it back in. You might have to use another person to hold the tortoise, or you can spend $150 having an exotic Vet do what I am telling you how to do for free
 

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Yes they were’nt from preaches, but a small fruit tree that grows in my neighbours yard over the fence. They fall so he mustve ate a few. Pick them up often, although Ive seen him eating them and Ive had to pull the actual pit out of his mouth while chewing. Theyre small yellow fruits, not big, but decent sized pits.
Sounds like a Loquat tree. We have them all over in Central Florida.
 

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