How do you treat shell rot on a turtle?

Antibiotic cover is essentially in severe shell rot cases or if the shell has been fractured. Topical antibiotics such as silver sulfazadine cream applied daily can be enough for many cases. If they need systemic treatment as well I generally use ceftazadine injection.

Is shell rot painful for turtles?

Keep in mind that shell rot can be fatal in bad cases and is quite painful for the turtle so when in doubt, it’s best to see your vet.

Can you moisturize a turtle shell?

Nature Zone Tortoise & Turtle Shell Saver is a rich, deep- moisturizing treatment for chelonian shells. Regular use will help maintain strong, yet flexible shells on your tortoise or turtle. Shells instantly absorb its rich, creamy formula without any sticky, greasy residue.

Why does my turtle’s shell look dry?

If your turtle’s shell looks dry, it is most likely due to hard water mineral deposits, retained scutes, or unhealthy humidity levels. Make sure your UV-light bulb is up-to-date and always feed your turtle a nutritious, balanced diet.

Can you put coconut oil on a turtle’s shell?

Ninja Turtle Trainer Coconut Oil is a natural remedy for improving your nails. It supposedly makes them stronger and fights anti-fungal infections. As a tortoise shell consists of keratin it therefore follows that a shell could be improved by coconut oil to make it stronger and to fight local fungis.

Why does my turtles shell look dry?

What is the white stuff on my turtle shell?

Most of the time your turtle’s shell is turning white due to hard water. You can fix this by using distilled/treated water and by cleaning the turtle’s shell. It may be due to a fungal infection as well. This can be treated through OTC topical medication.

What should I do if my turtle’s shell is rotting?

To begin treating this, firstly ensure you’ve made note of all the areas with shell rot. These areas are going to be discolored and usually rougher, and maybe even softer. If the shell rot isn’t very severe, and isn’t deep into the shell, the turtle isn’t going to notice the rot.

Where does shell rot start on a tortoise?

In tortoises and terrestrial turtles, shell rot often starts on the plastron – a good reason to regularly lift your tortoise up (without turning him/her upside down) and have a look at shell condition. Though it does take on a whitish or orange appearance, it can be obscured by dirt and go undetected for some time.

What causes soft spots in a turtle’s shell?

Shell rot occurs when the bacteria found in your turtle or tortoises environment infect the blood vessels in the shell of a turtle. This will eventually cause small pits and divots in their shell and give their shell a moth-eaten appearance. You may also start to see soft spots forming or even have small areas of bloody discharge.

Why does my red ear slider turtle have shell rot?

Today, I’m showing you how I helped to heal the shell rot on my red ear slider which developed over the past number of years when previous owners didn’t give him proper heating or basking areas. Shell rot can begin when a semi aquatic turtle doesn’t have proper basking areas or heating, or when a land turtle is in too humid of an environment.

What should you do if your turtle has shell rot?

In aquatic species, water hygiene:Good filtration is essential. If a turtle injures its shell in filthy water, shell disease often follows. Use of a UV-C steriliser in the filtration circuit can substantially reduce the danger of shell and skin infections. Soft-shell turtles are especially susceptible to problems of this nature.

Why does my red eared slider turtle have shell rot?

Shell breakage should be treated on the spot or as soon as you notice it. Another issue, and perhaps the most common cause of shell rot in red eared sliders, is dirty water. A buildup of feces, dead bugs, and other debris starts to make the water unsafe for turtles to swim in. You should always have a proper water filter installed on the tank.

Why does my sulcata tortoise have a dry shell?

Like many reptiles, sulcata tortoises are prone to respiratory infections, especially if they’re kept in environments that are too humid. And like other tortoises and turtles, shell rot is a common problem. This is usually caused by a fungal infection that leads to a flaky, dry shell.

Why does my box turtle have white spots on its shell?

Bacterial infections cause a wet rot and fungal infections cause a white rot. Most cases of shell rot occur in aquatic species but land species of box turtles and tortoises can also get it. The signs of wet rot include: a spotted discolored shell that is soft which may or not smell rotten.