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  1. SienaSunshine

    Sunshine's Not Eating...

    Her lighting and enclosure are good. The vet thinks that she had these issues before I cam across her. Perhaps that's why she was abandoned in the first place 🤷‍♀️
  2. SienaSunshine

    Sunshine's Not Eating...

    Thank you! He is part of a local animal hospital that we take all our animals to. We've normally only had cats and dogs, but they do see exotics and his treatments and analysis of Sunshine have been helping. Her biggest thing is that she won't eat, but the vet said that at a certain tipping...
  3. SienaSunshine

    Sunshine's Not Eating...

    UPDATE 2: Sunshine has been getting fluid therapy at the vet for a week and a half now and is still on the antibiotic. Yesterday I got the unfortunate news that she has kidney problems. The vet used the words "kidney failure," but there is still hope so I'm hesitant to use that exact wording...
  4. SienaSunshine

    Sunshine's Not Eating...

    UPDATE!! Hi All, thank you so much for your help and reassurance. Sunshine thanks you too! We were able to get a vet appointment yesterday where the vet explained that she hasn't gained weight since I've gotten her (despite the fact that she was constantly munching all day). But perhaps this is...
  5. SienaSunshine

    Sunshine's Not Eating...

    @harrythetortoise Her temps are always within the proper range (the picture above is a typical reading, but the humidity can shift depending on the time of day) @Taylorlynn48 I thought the heating lamp was the issue? @ZenHerper Thank you so much for this info. I only give her a sprinkle of...
  6. SienaSunshine

    Sunshine's Not Eating...

    The biggest problem is that she won't eat. I've tried putting mushed up Mazuri in front of her and giving her greens but she won't even touch it. I just plopped her in a bath like @harrythetortoise said. I give her plenty of water, but she started gulping it down like I hadn't *just* soaked her...
  7. SienaSunshine

    Sunshine's Not Eating...

    The light is about a foot and a half away from her basking area. This is breaking my heart. If you've read any of my previous posts, I found Sunshine on the trails of my nature center. I didn't intend to become a tortoise mom, but I fell in love and I just want to give her the best life...
  8. SienaSunshine

    Sunshine's Not Eating...

    I feed her a variety of greens. Right now, she has kale with Masuri pellets and some dried flowers. But I typically try to feed her a mix of chicory, escarole, and kale. I soak her once a week in warm water for at least 30 mins. And I used 100W Repti Basking Spot Lamp and the Reptisun 10.0 UVB...
  9. SienaSunshine

    Sunshine's Not Eating...

    Here are some pictures
  10. SienaSunshine

    Sunshine's Not Eating...

    My 1 year old Russian Tortoise hasn't been eating very little if at all recently. The temperatures in her enclosure are correct and I've given her a soak as well. She seems active otherwise, but I'm worried about her eating. I heard there are possible mouth infections that could be hindering...
  11. Sunshine's Christmas Morning 1

    Sunshine's Christmas Morning 1

  12. Sunshine's Christmas Morning 2

    Sunshine's Christmas Morning 2

  13. Sunshine's Christmas Morning 3

    Sunshine's Christmas Morning 3

  14. SienaSunshine

    Russian Tortoise Feeding Frequency?

    This is so helpful! Thank you so much! And yes she is a Russian. She was found right next to the start of a trail at the nature center I work for. We get a lot of people who just abandon their pets. Her shell and weight also suggested that she wasn't taken care of even when she was with...
  15. SienaSunshine

    Russian Tortoise Feeding Frequency?

    Thank you for this info! I'm still a new tortoise mom and I just want to give her the best life possible. I'll definitely get some tortoise chow. I know that she should have a varied diet and that it's very important, but how do I feed her those flowers and leaves and weeds in the middle of...
  16. SienaSunshine

    Russian Tortoise Feeding Frequency?

    My Russian Tortoise, Sunshine, was malnourished when I got her (I found her abandoned on hiking trails). As such I've been trying to feed her a lot to get her weight up. Now that she seems to be a healthier weight, I was wondering how frequently and how much I should be feeding her? I've read...
  17. SienaSunshine

    Urination question

    I was giving Sunshine (Russian Tortoise) a soak the other day and put her little tub on her usual basking spot so she could soak and enjoy the "sun" at the same time. I know that soaking can help with shedding and excreting waste. In other words, I'm used to her defecating and urinating in her...
  18. SienaSunshine

    Here comes the Sun(shine) <3

    Hi there! I'm Siena and I'm a new Russian tortoise mother. I work at a nature center and unfortunately some people abandon their pets there think they will be fine in the wild (insert eyeroll). Sunshine was one of those pets. She was malnourished and had some shell abrasions. When I took her...
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