The little guy is still eating. His preferred food is Mazuri soaked in very watered down sweet potato baby food. His X-ray showed some improvement, but he's still not in the clear. He's starting to be a little more active than he'd been. My husband said it looked like there had been an earthquake in Rowan's habitat because the little guy had knocked over a few things.
His X-rays last night showed that he's still improving. He's getting a tracheal swab on Monday to determine what kind of bacteria it is and if he's still sick. Has anyone else here had a tracheal swab done on your tort? I just want to know how rough it is on them.
The vet said they're going to give him something to relax his muscles. Intramuscular injection, I believe, to get him to open his mouth.I've never had it done on a tortoise, but I've helped do it to dogs and cats as a vet assistant. They cough and gag for a minute and give you the 'stink eye' but that's about it. I think the level of trauma will depend on his comfort level around new things and the vet's ability to gt his mouth open.
He's back home. After several days off antibiotics, his throat has gotten all mucous-y again. Until his tests come back, he's going on antibiotics again. Throughout it all, his appetite has remained steadfastly good.Watching and waiting to hear how he is doing...the injection sounds scary. Ugh. Guess they know what they are doing.....hope so for Rowan's and your sakes!