Q. My turtles left foot is very swollen up to her limb

Mon, Jul 24, 2023

Her left foot has been swollen for a while now and I tried using turtle fix but nothing seems to work on her other foot she has what seems to be a wound. She swims fine but can’t use her swollen leg at all

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Hello! I understand your concern about your turtle's health.

Based on these symptoms, there are a few potential causes we should consider. One possibility is an infection in the swollen foot, which might have spread to the wound on her other foot. Infections can cause significant swelling, pain, and difficulty in using the affected limb. Another possibility is trauma or injury to the swollen foot, leading to inflammation and subsequent swelling.

It's essential to keep your turtle's habitat clean and well-maintained during this time. Ensure that her water is properly filtered, and the tank is regularly cleaned to reduce the risk of infection. You can also provide a basking area with a heat lamp to help maintain her body temperature and support her immune system.

To address the wound on her other foot, you can try cleaning it gently with a mild saline solution. This can help keep the area clean and prevent further infection. However, be very gentle to avoid causing her any additional discomfort.

Now, when should you consider taking your pet to the hospital? If her condition worsens, or if you notice any of the following signs, it's essential to seek veterinary care immediately:

1. The swelling becomes severe or spreads to other areas.
2. The wound shows signs of infection, such as increased redness, discharge, or foul odor.
3. She becomes lethargic or loses her appetite.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.