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Cherryhead breathing loudly at night, respiratory infection???

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  1. The G

    The G New Member

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    Hello there, I just moved to Germany from the U.S. and have a 16 month old Cherryhead Red Foot that accompanied me. Unfortunately, I have her in an improvised terrarium until my set up arrives. I am using a plastic tote and I have her substrate (sphagnum moss), heating pad, modified hide, UVA-B, heat red light at night, water source, food dish, and I soak her everyday with bottled water because the water here in Stuttgart is not softened and I found it was drying out her skin. Tonight I heard hear breathing and this is new. there is no discharge at her nostrils and her behavior is totally normal. In fact, with the move I am finding she wants to check more things out here than stay put. This was my fear that she could be getting a respiratory infection after I did some probing on the Internet. I have not sought out a vet but will contact the veterinary clinic on base to see about finding an exotic pet vet that has experience with torts and hopefully we are just in a bump in the road.

    Any advice appreciated. I don't have a temperature gauge. I am hoping my terrarium, and all of my supplies will be here next week and I can get her situated in how we had it in VA.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    It's really hard to say. I would think she would make the noise day and night if it were a URI. I would keep a close eye on her and if you knew what the temps were, I would tell you to raise the night temp about 5 degrees. You might be better off buying a temp gauge until you're arrives. Temps and humidity are two very important housing issues for a healthy tort.
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    Hello The G and a very warm wellcome to the forum.
    I hope that your tort is not sick, but when you search for a German VET that is familiar with reptiles I have found this for you:

    PLZ 7:

    Häfner, Dr. Ursula,
    Schlotterbeckstr. 19,
    70327 Stuttgart,
    Prakt. Tierärztin,
    Tel. 0711-333863 (phone)



    Fellinger, Dr. Judith,
    Oswald-Hesse-Str. 94,
    70469 Stuttgart-Feuerbach,
    Tierarztpraxis,
    Tel. 0711-232885 (phone)

    These two VETs are located in Stuttgart. I found it on this list:
    http://www.tierisches-verzeichnis.de/Tieraerzteallgemein/reptilientierarzt.htm

    I live in Germany.
    When you have questions, you can ask me.

    Sabine
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    Sabine, thank you so much. I actually have an appointment on Wednesday at 1630 with Dr. Häfner. I will let you know how it goes. She is still trucking along. Appetite is great and as it gets warmer out this week we will go outside.
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    Good luck for your tort that she is not sick.
    Be careful with outdoor times with your little tort. When you have 80 F in the sun the ground ( soil ) could be much colder. My torts have to stay inside when I am not sure that it is warm enough for them. I own 2 Redfoots too. In their terrarium the temps never drop much below 80 F and the humidity is around 80 %.
    Germany is cold. Not the best place for tropical tortoises... I know.
    Where do you come from ? U.S. A ?
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    How long have you been there ?
    Maybe she's just settling in, it could be stress ?
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    We have been here for 2 weeks now. I have her in a terrarium set her up yesterday. I did increase the temp on her cold side by 5 degrees. Her behavior still seems pretty normal. She is very active and her appetite remains.
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