URGENT! Respiratory infection?

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I don’t want you use the baytril but it’s the only thing they want to prescribe me. I also don’t want to question their authority as they’re the only vet who is actually willing to help me out in my area.
Frankly, I am stunned that a supposed experienced veterinarian would give YOU injectable drugs without an exam on the animal. I am also stunned that they would give injectable drugs on such a small baby. I have way experience with injections and I'll gaurentee you that I'd sure think 3 times about sticking a needle into that baby. Also, if he had been eating, at times they blow food bubbles, sorta like snot bubbles. Don't be to excited about this Vet. Giving injectables so randomly is just not protocol. Hey @Yvonne G I know about the Vet that you use, but isn't there one around for this guy in Exeter?
 

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I don’t want you use the baytril but it’s the only thing they want to prescribe me. I also don’t want to question their authority as they’re the only vet who is actually willing to help me out in my area.
Question it! YOU are the paying customer and they are using meds that were outdated 20 years ago. They don't know what they are doing and they are doing harm to your tortoise. Don't let them.
 
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I don’t want you use the baytril but it’s the only thing they want to prescribe me. I also don’t want to question their authority as they’re the only vet who is actually willing to help me out in my area.
Don't always trust the vet. The vet who worked with louie encouraged forced feeding, which I look back on and realize was a stupid mistake to listen to. Vets are like Doctors for humans. Some doctors are really bad and will give you bad advice. I feel that you should try to find a vet farther out. I know it's a pain to drive far out to a vet place, but I feel it would be better than taking bad advice from a bad vet.
 

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I have tobramycin drops for Bonnie's eye. Can those also be used in nose?

Are your drops the same as the bottle pictured in post # 4? Or plain tobramycin without the dexamethasone?
Either way, that's the antibiotic that zovick recommends, so it's fine to use in her nose. The drops in #4 have a steroid added that helps inflammation, so I don't know if plain tobra will be as effective.

I did google the one in post 4. It did say that after long term use (in the eyes) it actually could cause infection, so I wouldn't use it longer than 10 days. How long were you told to use your drops?
 

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Hello! I have a four-month-old baby male Hermann. A couple of days ago, we noticed that he had bubbles coming out of one of his nostrils (this is not occurring constantly). He does not have any mucus. Occasionally, he also opens his mouth and lunges his neck forward. Furthermore, he sometimes makes a squeaking noise while quickly retracting his head, and he immediately follows up by wiping his face with his front leg. He is acting completely normal. He eats a lot, poops/pees, walks around his enclosure, and burrows. He certainly does not seem to be lethargic (he sprints when he sees food).

Nevertheless, I tried to contact many vets in my area and they either (1) do not take in exotics or (2) have their next openings in a week. However, one vet that I called offered to give me an antibiotic injection (Baytril/enrofloxacin) without doing an exam on my tort. I picked up the injections today and they explained how to do them. I am worried to give him this antibiotic as he did not receive an exam and I am worried about hurting him since he is so small (30 grams).

What should I do? If he does indeed have a respiratory infection, I do not want to wait until its too late with the antibiotic. I am currently keeping his heat lamp on 24/7 and keeping his humidity low which is what the vet suggested. I scheduled an appointment for 11 days from now. Should I wait for the appointment? Should I keep monitoring his condition and start injecting him if he gets worse?
My baby sulcata had similar symptoms around same time. I went to a vet. They wanted to inject my lil baby with sone sort of antibiotic, generic baytril, but after reading some posts here where the antibiotic had some bad side effects and even was accused of killing a couple of tortoises, i personally decided against it.

Im more of a natural type person (since Ive personally become sick from an approved fda device,) and I didnt want to risk possibly hurting my lil baby sulcata even worse, I opted to go the natural route and thank God, it worked! I used REPTAID (can buy on amazon) and gave her daily baths in 1/2 water, 1/2 pedialyte. These 2things did the trick for me.

She eventually stopped doing the gasping neck stretch thing over the next few mnths. She very rarely does it now, and bubbles are pretty much gone.

I have sulcata so I had to keep her humid, but perhaps hermans different.

Oh ya, also I made all parts of cage were always 80 or above and especially at night. Hope this helps!
 
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Are your drops the same as the bottle pictured in post # 4? Or plain tobramycin without the dexamethasone?
Either way, that's the antibiotic that zovick recommends, so it's fine to use in her nose. The drops in #4 have a steroid added that helps inflammation, so I don't know if plain tobra will be as effective.

I did google the one in post 4. It did say that after long term use (in the eyes) it actually could cause infection, so I wouldn't use it longer than 10 days. How long were you told to use your drops?

It has been 2 or 3 weeks..he told me to keep using but I stopped. I am trying to use the extra for coopas runny nose
 

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Thank you all for your input. If this ever happens again I will be sure to press for an alternative to Baytril. Unfortunately, I have to finish the course of these antibiotics in order to prevent the microevolution of the bacteria (which would be quite bad).
 
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