Cocos eyes are swollen than ever!

Crystallynda

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Frustrating that he still has puffy eyes. Other than the light the only thing I could think is that he might be getting little bits of coco in and around his eyes causing irritation. If the tort has never been on it before there might be a learning curve. Other than changing that light though, I would be a little patient with this, it might just need a few days to clear.
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I was starting to think that too!

Especially since before he was on sand and his bedding was like ripped shirts and small hand towels! What’s odd tho..when I was cleaning abs fixing his enclosure last week..I put him on my bed and he crawled into my soft cover and barried himself in and fell asleep!!

So now that I’m doing the necessary changes it can explain some things!

I’m trying not to worry to much..but one think that has me more on edge is his nose!!
 

Crystallynda

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Las Vegas
Your coco coir substrate looks to dry. If that gauge is actuate than 41% humidity is too low. Try keeping it damp to reduce dust and increase humidity. You might also want to try a layer of orchid bark on top of the coco coir this would help keep the dust and the mess down so it doesn’t get in the eyes. Be sure to rinse the bark first to remove any debris or dust.

Ok I just bought the mulch is that alright?

I didn’t damp his enclosure because it was to wet at one point but I’ll do that once I get back! 🙏🙏


I agree. Those plastic things could be off gassing under the hot light. I would get rid of all the plastic and find something else.

this is the main reason I don’t use plastic for my tortie.
Good luck.
I’ll be on the lookout for a clay pot instead!
I honestly think it’s that..not necessarily the light because he would of had puffy eyes since I put the light in! It wasn’t till he started to use the green thing to sleep is when I really started to notice!

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zovick

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5 Year Member
This is what I could get without me moving him or grabbing him!!
Bulging eyes like that in humans are a sign of hyperthyroidism. I think that condition is rare in tortoises, however, so I would think something else is causing this trouble.

If I were you, I would attempt to get some veterinary ophthalmic drops from a vet (you may have to take the tortoise for an appt. to get them) and put those drops into both eyes and both nostrils twice a day for about ten days. This will also help the beginning respiratory problem you noticed, by the way. The drops you need are called Neo-Poly_Dex Opthalmic drops. They should help your tortoise quite a bit.

If you have a good relationship with a vet you use for other animals, you may be able to get these drops without the need to make an appointment for the tortoise. I am not a vet, but I have been a dentist for 50 years and have been keeping and breeding tortoises for over 60 years, so I have some experience with these things.
 

Crystallynda

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Location (City and/or State)
Las Vegas
Bulging eyes like that in humans are a sign of hyperthyroidism. I think that condition is rare in tortoises, however, so I would think something else is causing this trouble.

If I were you, I would attempt to get some veterinary ophthalmic drops from a vet (you may have to take the tortoise for an appt. to get them) and put those drops into both eyes and both nostrils twice a day for about ten days. This will also help the beginning respiratory problem you noticed, by the way. The drops you need are called Neo-Poly_Dex Opthalmic drops. They should help your tortoise quite a bit.

If you have a good relationship with a vet you use for other animals, you may be able to get these drops without the need to make an appointment for the tortoise. I am not a vet, but I have been a dentist for 50 years and have been keeping and breeding tortoises for over 60 years, so I have some experience with these things.
Thank you so much...let me see if I can get some drops from my vet back home!!

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I appreciate that you reached out to me!!!
 

Yvonne G

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This is what I could get without me moving him or grabbing him!!

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I still think the green plastic is being warmed up by the light and off gassing an eye irritant. You need to make the changes we suggest one at a time with a few days in between changes. Otherwise you'll never know which change made his eyes better.

In the meantime, until you can find what's causing it, you can buy this online:

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Crystallynda

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Las Vegas
I still think the green plastic is being warmed up by the light and off gassing an eye irritant. You need to make the changes we suggest one at a time with a few days in between changes. Otherwise you'll never know which change made his eyes better.

In the meantime, until you can find what's causing it, you can buy this online:

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I can barely see the name on my end..can you spell it out for me please?? 🙏🙏
 

Crystallynda

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Las Vegas
Ok, I used my Amazon gift card to buy coco his gel off of Amazon!!

I also ordered his temp gun also!

I may not arrive till next month though 😭😭

So in the meantime ima probably soak him in water longer and figure out what to do with the rest of his enclosure!! 🙏🙏🙏

I should be getting a big glass cage tomorrow!! 🙏🙏
 

Melissacoop

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Pembroke Pines, FL
You should get the eye drops the dentist Zovick told you to get. Seems like your tort has an upper respiratory infection if you saw bubbles coming out of his nose? You put them in his eyes and nose. You’ve gotten a lot of advice and this may have been missed along the lines. You need to increase his heat also and give warm soaks every day for 30 minutes.
I followed this advice and my tort responded without needing a vet. I would also change the bulbs and get rid of the plastic but if you saw nasal discharge than I would say that’s your answer!
 

Crystallynda

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Location (City and/or State)
Las Vegas
You should get the eye drops the dentist Zovick told you to get. Seems like your tort has an upper respiratory infection if you saw bubbles coming out of his nose? You put them in his eyes and nose. You’ve gotten a lot of advice and this may have been missed along the lines. You need to increase his heat also and give warm soaks every day for 30 minutes.
I followed this advice and my tort responded without needing a vet. I would also change the bulbs and get rid of the plastic but if you saw nasal discharge than I would say that’s your answer!
Ok, I been soaking him!
Im already fixing the hide thing...I’m working on getting his enclosure fixed up with the Multch, over the coco coir!

I haven’t disclosed what zovick suggested at all! I reached out to a friend vet to see if I can get it without taking him in! Nobody here in Las Vegas carry these drops..they need to be ordered! I currently don’t have funds right now for a vet visit either or want to risk taking him anywhere since not many know of exotic animals!!
 

Crystallynda

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Las Vegas
I don’t think it’s the light honestly! It’s definitely the green thing!!

Im picking something up for him right now! 🙏🙏
 

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Crystallynda

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Las Vegas
I am really doing what I can for coco!

Also the original light he needs comes in a pack of 12!

I’ll be purchasing this by next month!

Im starting to work up again after being affected by Covid!! 🙏🙏
 
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