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Successful pneumonia treatment! :-)

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  1. Moozillion

    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    My eastern mud turtle developed pneumonia after a near-drowning incident.
    The specialist vet in New Orleans that I took her to contacted the LSU veterinary school and spoke with some of the turtle specialists there. They recommended what they described as "aggressive" treatment.
    The treatment consisted of daily injections of enrofloxacin (Baytril) AND daily dosing of amikacin by nebulizer. They offered her food when they soaked her but if she didn't eat, they tube fed her every other day.
    She was at the hospital a total of 3 weeks and appears to have made a great recovery! Not only is she acting and swimming better but her white blood cell counts are back to normal at 12,400 (they had been 30,000 before she got treatment, which is VERY high).
    Happy ending to our story. :)

    She has a followup appointment in 2 weeks, and I'll post those results.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Wow, quite the hospital stay. So glad all worked out and she's doing well.
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    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    Thank you, Barbara!!!!:):<3:
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    This is very good news!
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    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    Yes, it IS!!!!
    THANK you, Yvonne!!!:):<3:
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    So glad to hear your good news! I have been following your journey since the near drowning And rooting for your turtle
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    Yayyyy!!!!!:)
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    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

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    Thank you, Peggy Sue! :):<3:

    Thank you, TammyJ! :):<3:
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    What a relief! She is a tough little turtle! I know you must be relieved but I’d hate to even ask how “relieved” your pocket book is after the 3wk long hospitalization. I had less than 1 overnight with a sick kitty and had to pay 750$... but we do what we must, right? For our beloved shelled/scaled/furry companions. I’m going to have to dig to the beginning of that near drowning story, only hear couple bits and pieces. Just wanted to say how happy for you I was hearing that your ordeal was over and with good outcome
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    THANK you, Pearly! :):<3:

    Believe it or not, her care was not REMOTELY as expensive as the care for our cats! This vet has 2 fee scales for reptiles and it all depends on the WEIGHT of the animal. Since she's so small, she was in the lower tier for cost. :) It kind of makes sense: a smaller animal is easier to manage in some ways, but CERTAINLY takes less meds and food. ALL the treatment she had was right around $600, total.
    IF our :eek:CATS had been in the vet for 3 weeks getting that kind of treatment, it would have been a couple thousand at least!
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