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Posted by Brian Grant on May 21, 2002 at 14:33:51:
I am the proud owner of a spiny softshell. I've had this guy for about 4 years and he has always been healthy and active, although characteristically shy.
2 days ago he barfed up what appeared to be a large mass of some type of roundworm. I won't be able to get him to the vet until later this week and was wondering if anyone had any experience with ridding a softy of internal parasites.
The problem I see is that I can't put "drops" in his water dish (he doesn't have one), and I can't put them on his food (his food either swims or gets dropped in the aquarium). I tried squirting the deworming meds into his mouth while out of the aquarium, but he must be able to close off his throat like a crocodile (makes sense) because none got in- it just came right back out.
If anyone has experience with this, please give me some suggestions. I'm guessing the Vet (assumming he knows anything about softies) will have to give him a shot or something.