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Re: Bacterial Infection In Spiny


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Posted by DarrellS on September 28, 2002 at 09:27:32:

In Reply to: Bacterial Infection In Spiny posted by quilligand on September 28, 2002 at 03:52:22:

:I took my softie to the vet cause he had small bumps all over his back and a red rash under his belly. He has a bacterial infection primarily from Pseudomonas aeruginosa. I've been giving him meds from the vet but I guess it is very resistant to antibiotics. (snip)

Did the vet send in the samples for sensitivity testing? There are many bacteria that are resistant to some antibiotics. If this is the case here there is a possibility that after testing he could select an antibiotic that would be more effective.

What is the pH of the water? Softshells frequently develop fungal infections and adjusting the pH downward to 6.5 or so makes the environment less hospitable to the fungus. the addition of a few drops of Acriflavin to the water may help as well.

Lastly - NEVER under estimate the power of sunlight. It is often amazing what a few hours of basking per day can do for the health of a turtle's, particularly a softshell's shell.

I hope this helps

Darrell





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