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Date:   24 April, 2011  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs & rabbits
 
A Tortoises and Turtles Are Not The Vet's Best Friend
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
Date:   24 April, 2011  
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Many vets prefer not to treat the puffy & closed eyes red-eared sliders. In Singapore and all over the world, this condition is most common. It is said to be due to insufficient Vit A. In my observation, it is the poor quality of water.

For bad cases, I advise in-patient treatment. It takes over 2 weeks to get one of the eyes open if the case is moderately serious. See one case below:
 
A terrapin is an aquatic freshwater turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. The red-eared slider is a semi-aquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae too. Both are not part of the turtle family Cheloneoidea.

Swollen and puffy eyes are a common complaint of a red-eared slider in Singapore.
poor hygiene and environment - eyes swollen and closed - red-eared slider, toapayohvets, singapore poor hygiene and environment - eyes swollen and closed - red-eared slider, toapayohvets, singapore poor hygiene and environment - eyes swollen and closed - red-eared slider, toapayohvets, singapore
Diet, environment and stress affect the health of terrapins.
A balanced diet (fresh Vit A and C and calcium), clean water to swim in by changing more than once a day and a dry place to relax, sunlight or artificial UV light to bask enables the terrapin to live long. Unlike tortoises, terrapins stay mostly in water but will need dry land to lay eggs and bask under the sun.

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