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Sulcata Bladder Stone Surgery

Discussion in 'Sulcata tortoises' started by DozerCooley, Jan 7, 2019.

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  1. Ray--Opo

    Ray--Opo Well-Known Member Platinum Supporter

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    You got this Dozer. Thoughts and prayers are coming your way.
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    Just checking in this morning to send some love Dozer's way!

    It is incredible what you are doing for such a sweet creature
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    I would be concerned that on the floor would be too cold for your tortoise. It's amazing how cold the floor can be, even over carpet, on the floor. With their flat plastron, the temperature of the surface upon which they rest is quite important to their core body temperature. I my home, the floor can average about 8° cooler than the thermostat in my home says. I use an infrared thermometer gun and shoot the space between the tortoise front leg and neck to try to get an indication of their body temperature. Have you checked that? I would try to keep the tortoises core body temp at 85-90° while healing.

    Towels and blankets will do nothing except keep in heat that is already there - or keep out heat. Since a tortoise is not warm-blooded, insulation around the tortoise keeps it from gaining heat from a heat source.
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    Yes, we've adjusted the lights and she's now basking between 95-115. Hopefully that'll help her a bit. Poor thing.
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    Dozer has had her ups and downs today. She vomited some time last night and again this morning. It was undigested food and what smelled a lot like poop. We called Cornell and they said to monitor her and if nothing gets worse to bring her in tomorrow to get fluids and a shot to help her digestive system get moving again. She spent most of the day acting very lethargic and just down and out. We just monitored her and let her sleep. This evening we had to change her dressings and clean and put antibiotic cream on her incisions and also had to give her an antibiotic shot. During this she really came to life and was her feisty self for a bit. She's now back resting under her heat lamp where she'll probably remain for the rest of the night. Please keep her in your thoughts. Thank you everyone!
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  7. Ray--Opo

    Ray--Opo Well-Known Member Platinum Supporter

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    Thanks for the update. I will keep praying.
    Dozer looks about the same size of Opo.
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    How old is Opo?
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    Late to the party but Tardis and I are sending ️ and healing energy your way! Tardis is about the size of that stone that came from your tort! IMG_3975.jpg
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    Continuing to think and pray for you. Wishing you all the best.
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    hope Dozer slept well :<3::tort:
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    What a cutie pie!! Thank you both!
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    Afternoon update on Dozer: She went in and got fluids and an injection to help get her digestive system get restarted this morning. She pooped a very small amount on the ride home so this seems to be promising! We have a new protocol of soaking her back end once a day (as we can't soak her like usual as her incision needs to be kept clean) and they've also added another new daily injection to continue to support her digestive system. She still isn't interested in eating and she spends almost all of her time sleeping in her basking area - so this point we just hope she's healing more and more every day and will be back to her normal feisty self soon. Please keep sending positive vibes her way! Thanks!
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    Still sending prayers your way
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    Hopefully it's just the aftereffects of being under anesthesia.
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    Most important - keep her warm! Good luck, you deserve the best outcome and she is a very lucky tortoise!
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    Opo will be 2 in June. Opo is just over 5 lbs. 9.5 in. I wouldn't be surprised if Dozers stone didn't hold him back some. How is Dozer doing?
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    Ray--Opo Well-Known Member Platinum Supporter

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    I just read the other posts. I know for myself after operations it takes me awhile to do the duty. After I woke from my coma it was 12 days.
    Is that to much info?o_O
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    Not in this situation.. certain anesthetics and pain killers are notorious for causing constipation. Often stimulator drugs are prescribed with for just that reason.
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    Yes that was what I meant. I just didn't explain myself correctly.
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