"Mandy" the tortoise, a genuine OAP, was recently
presented because a longstanding eye injury had taken a
turn for the worse. Excessive granulation tissue from an
old injury had started bleeding and been causing some discomfort.
By anaesthetising the eye I was able to cut back the "proud"
flesh and send it off for analysis to ensure that it was
nothing more ominous like cancer!
I am hopeful that with the introduction of topical antibiotics
the eye may settle down and not cause further problems.
Unfortunately, Mandy's slow metabolism and increasing years
means the healing and recovery takes a great deal longer
than usual. Despite these inherent handicaps, Mandy is a
fine example of her age being a measure of "how she
feels" as she remains extremely active! I am hoping
to attain a similar level of activity when I reach sixty!!
Since the importation of tortoises to the UK was made illegal
it has become increasingly rare to come across tortoises
of this size and age. Those interested in the care of tortoises
should visit the Tortoise
Trust website - www.tortoisetrust.org
Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS
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