tortoise first aid kit

Heather H

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what would you have in your first aid kit for your tortoises?
things I thought of already. please add on thanks guys :) sorry if i spell things wrong. my dog and cats have thier own kits. so why not a tortoise :)
saline eye wash
dropper
carrot baby food
neosporin
syringe ( no needle)
betadine
lotramine
heat packs
 
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so i copied this from the site above: what is not needed for a tortoise . ?

Basic First Aid Supplies
  • Gauze pads
  • Sterile, non-stick gauze pads for bandaging
  • Sterile saline flush (sold at pharmacies)
  • Gauze rolls
  • Adhesive tape (cloth and waterproof)
  • Antiseptic wipes, soap or spray
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Hydrogen peroxide (check the date on the bottle; replace as necessary)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Disposable gloves
  • Electronic thermometer
  • Lubricating jelly
  • Scissors
  • Good tweezers or needlenose pliers (not old rusty ones!)
  • A pillowcase (for temporary confinement)
  • Electrolyte solution (e.g., Gatorade, Pedialyte)
  • Powdered calorie supplement (several commercial brands for reptiles are available)
  • Small, soft spatula (for opening mouths)
  • Nail clippers
  • Non-prescription antibiotic ointment (available at drug stores)
  • Small flashlight
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic eyedropper or syringes
  • Utility knife (such as a Swiss Army knife)
  • Several large paperclips or popsicle sticks (to be used as splints)
  • Styptic powder (clotting powder; available at pet and drug stores)
  • Sharpie pen
 

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wow it is long .thanks
I was surprised by the length too, and i'm sure theres still more that can be added specifically for tortoises, like the you said before baby food, although in emergencies I've heard of people using diluted pedialyte soaks like carrot ones, so I guess either or works there.
I don't see the use in the spatula to keep the mouth open... theres got to be better ways that people on here know that would perhaps be more portable too.
otherwise I'm not really one to argue about having too much... you should see the trunk of my car, theres no such thing as too prepared lol.
 

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Thanks for the thread, I've got a FAK for my dogs, and will now set one up for Darwin, my redfoot.

Jamie
 

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From the TortoiseLibrary (https://sites.google.com/site/tortoiselibrary/health-and-medical):

First aid kit:
Much of this is already in your family or pet first-aid kit, or should be. See the American Red Cross Dog (or Cat) First Aid Book or something similar for more ideas. Note: I don't keep or really recommend a special 'pet' kit. I just add key items to my family kit.
  • Disposable gloves (to minimize chances of disease and infections)
  • Scissors with small, strong, sharp blades
  • Scalpel blades and handle (A clean, new #11 X-acto blade works)
  • Pet toe nail clippers or diagonal cutting pliers
  • Tweezers with good, sharp points
  • Tongue depressors, clean Popsicle sticks, wooden skewers or chopsticks (for splints or to hold open the mouth)
  • Magnifying glass
  • Penlight
  • Chemical heat packs, hand warmers, etc.
  • Sterile gauze squares, 2x2” and 3x3”
  • Roller gauze or self-cohesive tape (Vet Wrap), 2"
  • Paper first aid tape, 1” wide (used as a 'first layer' to protect the scales and scutes)
  • Electrical tape or waterproof first-aid tape (stronger tapes to use on top of paper tape)
  • Alcohol or alcohol wipes
  • Wound disinfectant such as Providone-Iodine Scrub (Betadine)
  • Antibiotic ointment (silver sulfadiazine ointment or 2% mupirocin ointment are much better than 'triple antibiotic' or other drug store ointments)
  • Petroleum jelly or Bag Balm (to ‘seal’ injuries)
  • Styptic powder or sticks, Kwik Stop, or cornstarch (to stop slow bleeds)
  • Antibiotic ophthalmic ointment for eyes, e.g., Terramycin
  • Cotton-tipped swabs or small sponges
  • Eye wash solution or sterile water in a squirt bottle (to rinse eyes or wounds)
 

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so i copied this from the site above: what is not needed for a tortoise . ?

Basic First Aid Supplies
  • Gauze pads
  • Sterile, non-stick gauze pads for bandaging
  • Sterile saline flush (sold at pharmacies)
  • Gauze rolls
  • Adhesive tape (cloth and waterproof)
  • Antiseptic wipes, soap or spray
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Hydrogen peroxide (check the date on the bottle; replace as necessary)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Disposable gloves
  • Electronic thermometer
  • Lubricating jelly
  • Scissors
  • Good tweezers or needlenose pliers (not old rusty ones!)
  • A pillowcase (for temporary confinement)
  • Electrolyte solution (e.g., Gatorade, Pedialyte)
  • Powdered calorie supplement (several commercial brands for reptiles are available)
  • Small, soft spatula (for opening mouths)
  • Nail clippers
  • Non-prescription antibiotic ointment (available at drug stores)
  • Small flashlight
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic eyedropper or syringes
  • Utility knife (such as a Swiss Army knife)
  • Several large paperclips or popsicle sticks (to be used as splints)
  • Styptic powder (clotting powder; available at pet and drug stores)
  • Sharpie pen
Wow! That’s a load of items, what tortoise needs a sharpie pen
This is a good starting point for consideration but I’ll wait and see first what kind of trouble my tortoise two get themselves into.
 

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This is awesome!! I also have a baby generator in case of a long-term black out/no power situation in addition to my hand warmers...but I'm kind of extra haha.
 

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This is awesome!! I also have a baby generator in case of a long-term black out/no power situation in addition to my hand warmers...but I'm kind of extra haha.
Most of this is what you have handy for people as well as your pets. Seriously, gatorade, pedialite, electrolite waters are must haves in hot weather no matter your situation or your species or your climate.
 
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