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it has dots around its neck and legs

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The presence of big dots on the skin around the neck and legs of your turtle could be indicative of a skin infection or other dermatological condition.

Firstly, assess the turtle's environment. Ensure that the habitat is clean and the water is properly filtered and changed regularly. Poor water quality is a common cause of skin problems in aquatic turtles. The temperature of the water and basking area should also be appropriate for the species, as incorrect temperatures can weaken the immune system and make the turtle more susceptible to infections.

Make sure your turtle is receiving the right amount of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin A, which is important for skin health.

At home, you can gently clean the affected areas with lukewarm water to remove any debris. However, avoid using any soaps or chemicals that are not specifically recommended for turtles, as these can be harmful.

In the event that the dots start to spread rapidly, become more pronounced, or are accompanied by other symptoms such as swelling, discharge, or a foul odor, these are signs that immediate veterinary attention is needed. Additionally, if the turtle stops eating or shows signs of respiratory distress, such as gasping for air or persistent sneezing, seek veterinary care promptly.

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