Swollen tail

Chefdenoel10

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Digging with back feet is how they dig nests. That seems to suggest she is trying to lay eggs. Does she have deep substrate (10-12”) to dig in? Often they will refuse to lay eggs for months if they cannot dig a suitable nest...

Hi!!! And thank you for the response .
My tortoise is a full grown big butt sulcata.
She doesn’t need substrate anymore. She does have some in winter months but she lives outside and comes in to take a bath. Then it’s back out to her shed. She does have some orchid bark in there but throws it everywhere to get comfy. I totally agree that she is trying to lay something but it can’t be an egg as we don’t have a male tortoise ... any other suggestion would be greatly appreciated!! 🥰😁
 

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ok then.... that’s all I needed to hear..
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you!!! 🥰

she went back to being “fine” as of 6:30pm.
But I would like an X-ray just to see if something is up there. She eats a Lot of grass ..????
 

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Hi!!! And thank you for the response .
My tortoise is a full grown big butt sulcata.
She doesn’t need substrate anymore. She does have some in winter months but she lives outside and comes in to take a bath. Then it’s back out to her shed. She does have some orchid bark in there but throws it everywhere to get comfy. I totally agree that she is trying to lay something but it can’t be an egg as we don’t have a male tortoise ... any other suggestion would be greatly appreciated!! 🥰😁
I had a box turtle who laid eggs for 5 years, and had never been with a male. So actually, it CAN be an egg
 

Chefdenoel10

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I had a box turtle who laid eggs for 5 years, and had never been with a male. So actually, it CAN be an egg

what!!!!????? REALLY?????!!!
Ok then off to the vet I go!!!!
If both you and your sis are telling me good stuff.. I LISTEN!
Just so ya don’t think I am mean ...
She seems to be doing fine now.. sleeping like a baby... breathing well too.. I will make apt or just take her in tomorrow . The one vet I was trying (that gave her a vitamin A shot in the butt area) is closed tomorrow.
I will have to see a Dr.Boren. And he is available sparaticly . They tell you on the phone... he only works Wednesday’s or MAY come in on a Friday...
NJ stinks for exotic vets!!!
they truly are either never around or don’t know what the heck they are doing.
But I know one thing.....
This time...NO SHOTS!!! (Thanks Tom and Yvonne and Maggie for that one).☺️
 

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Hi!!! And thank you for the response .
My tortoise is a full grown big butt sulcata.
She doesn’t need substrate anymore. She does have some in winter months but she lives outside and comes in to take a bath. Then it’s back out to her shed. She does have some orchid bark in there but throws it everywhere to get comfy. I totally agree that she is trying to lay something but it can’t be an egg as we don’t have a male tortoise ... any other suggestion would be greatly appreciated!! 🥰😁
Yvonne (chefdenoel): I'm sorry, but my response was meant for the original poster of this thread. I had the redfoot with the swollen tail in mind when I was reading your post. This is why it's better to ask your question on your own thread instead of someone else's to avoid confusion.
 

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what!!!!????? REALLY?????!!!
Ok then off to the vet I go!!!!
If both you and your sis are telling me good stuff.. I LISTEN!
Just so ya don’t think I am mean ...
She seems to be doing fine now.. sleeping like a baby... breathing well too.. I will make apt or just take her in tomorrow . The one vet I was trying (that gave her a vitamin A shot in the butt area) is closed tomorrow.
I will have to see a Dr.Boren. And he is available sparaticly . They tell you on the phone... he only works Wednesday’s or MAY come in on a Friday...
NJ stinks for exotic vets!!!
they truly are either never around or don’t know what the heck they are doing.
But I know one thing.....
This time...NO SHOTS!!! (Thanks Tom and Yvonne and Maggie for that one).☺
There's no reason to go to the vet just because your tortoise is digging with her back feet. Wait until or if she show other symptoms.
 

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Hey guys, I was told this is the place to ask questions. I recently got this girl in the last week. Any idea what's going on here or how to fix this? Looks like possibly egg binding. Not too many good exotic vets in my area so I'll start with you guys. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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It very well could be a prolapse meaning the insides are coming out, please take it to a good reptile vet as quickly as possible.
 

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Dr. Joseph Filigno
Blackwood Animal Hospital
612 N. Black Horse Pike
Blackwood, NJ 08021
Tel: (609) 227-8503

Bound Brook

Barry L. Stuart, DVM
Advanced Care Small & Exotic
1991 US Highway 22
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
Tel: (732) 764-9595

Franklin Lakes

Cheryl Welch, VMD
Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital
754 Franklin Avenue
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
Tel: (201) 848-1991
Fax: (201) 848-1992

Lakewood

Warren E. Briggs, DVM
Ocean County Veterinary Hospital, P.A.
838 River Ave. (Route 9)
Lakewood, New Jersey 08701-5218
Tel: (732) 363-7202
Fax: (732) 370-4176

Manahawkin

Ronald F. Hurley, VMD
Stafford Veterinary Hospital
211 North Main Street
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Tel: (609) 597-7571
Marlton

Honey Rothberg, DVM
Marlton Animal Hospital
9 West Main Street
Marlton, NJ 08053
Tel: (856) 983-5350

Nutley

R. J. Re, DVM
Nutley Animal Hospital
274 Washington Ave
Nutley, NJ 07110
Tel: (973) 667-7772
Oakhurst

Michael Doolen, DVM
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital
225 Monmouth Road
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Tel: (732) 531-1212

Paramus

Curt Boren, DVM
Oradell Animal Hospital Inc.
580 Winters Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652
Tel: (201) 262-0010
Tel: (800) 624-1883
Fax: (201) 262-4275

Pompton

Pompton Lakes Animal Hospital
9 Cannonball Road
Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
Tel: (973) 835-4774

Ridgewood

Dean J. Cerf, DVM
Travis Cerf, DVM
Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital
320 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Tel: (201) 447-6000

Tinton Falls

Anneliese Strunk, DVM
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital
197 Hance Ave.
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
Tel: (732) 747-3636
Fax: (732) 747-6562

Toms River

Bernard Nilles, DVM
Toms River Veterinary Hospital PA
769 Route 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
Tel: (732) 349-4599

Washington Township

Dr. Michael J. Weiss
Dr. Patricia L. Link
All Creatures Vet Care
352 Greentree Road
Washington Township, NJ
Tel: (856) 256-8996


WOODBRIDGE

Dr. Barry Adler
Woodbridge Veterinary Group
424 Amboy Av
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Tel: (732) 636-5520

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It looks like it went down a lot. Strange seems like it goes back and forth

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If it's an egg or bladder stone you don't want it to go back inside
 

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Yvonne (chefdenoel): I'm sorry, but my response was meant for the original poster of this thread. I had the redfoot with the swollen tail in mind when I was reading your post. This is why it's better to ask your question on your own thread instead of someone else's to avoid confusion.

Oh... I am so sorry Yvonne!!! Duh...
I will do that in the future. But while I have you could I ask a weird question???
Can tortoises act “weird” with a full moon out?? Mine was as you have read wacky the other day and now she is fine???
 

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Oh... I am so sorry Yvonne!!! Duh...
I will do that in the future. But while I have you could I ask a weird question???
Can tortoises act “weird” with a full moon out?? Mine was as you have read wacky the other day and now she is fine???
I've never heard that, but I thought it only affected people/creatures at night, and tortoises sleep at night.
 

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Is there a zoo nearby with a vet you could beg to see, as it’s an emergency)
 
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