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soft shell

Discussion in 'Turtles and Tortoises' started by jeanie, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. jeanie

    jeanie PetForums VIP

    Nov 11, 2007
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    Hi my daughter in law has a totoise hes still not very old about 8 mths has the lights tank and everything he needs , the owners would not let him go until they were satified that he had it all , ( good for them) i wondered if anyone knows why his shell has gone soft hes been to vet and given a calcium powder to spread on his food, but he wont eat the food while its got the powder on it hes been back to vet a few times but they keep saying try and get him to eat the powder, which he wont eat at all if anything is on his food , any ideas we would be grateful for as nickie is very frightened shes going to lose him & so am i. thank you
  2. carol

    carol PetForums VIP

    Nov 2, 2007
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    what a worry for you
    trouble is its the calcuium he needs to harden the shell up
    cant they give him injections instead
    good luck hope he gets better soon
  3. Tayybear

    Tayybear PetForums Newbie

    Feb 15, 2008
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    Get rid of that horrid tank and build a tortoise table or get an indoor rabbit cage.
    you should supplement his food with more than just calcium twice a week.
    nutrobal, TNT, t-rex all are good supplements.

    What tortoise is it?
  4. Nigel

    Nigel PetForums Junior

    Feb 24, 2008
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    I agree as above, he really needs to be in a open top tortoise table. Vivs and glass tanks ar no good as they do not provide enough ventalation eventually leading to respiritory problems. Also they do not understand the concept of glass and keep trying to get through leading to stress.

    I believe the soft shell is caused by a condition known as osteodystrophy caused by wrong lighting, an excess in protein and by an insufficant amount of calcium in the diet.
    Is he on a weed diet, as the commercially bought food isn't really good for them. Good garden weeds include grass, dandelions, white clover and nettles
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