Apathy leads to failure

Diseases of the turtle

My turtle has seemed very apathetic to me in the last few days. What can that be?

The main symptom "apathy" occurs in many diseases of the turtles, mostly only in the final stages. Apathetic turtles do not wear their shell and let their necks and heads fall back - if they still move at all. Water turtles sit almost exclusively on land or float in the water. When approaching, the animals do not react or hardly react at all. The causes of apathy are diverse:

It can be a bacterial infection, such as pneumonia.

Parasitic colonization and disease of the intestine by nematodes (roundworms) or by flagellates and amoebas (unicellular organisms) are common.

Kidney diseases are also a cause. They are mostly caused by poor posture and feeding and can be detected by blood tests and ultrasound. Other symptoms of kidney disease are joint swelling (gout), dehydration, edema formation and refusal to feed.

The vet can also diagnose liver disease through a blood test.

An x-ray examination can be used to determine whether a laying problem is the cause of the turtle's apathy.

A herpes virus infection comes into question as a virus-related disease, which can also lead to stomatitis (inflammation of the oral mucosa) and / or pneumonia (pneumonia).

In herbivorous (herbivorous) turtles, painful bladder stones often form (mostly due to incorrect feeding), which can be seen in X-ray or ultrasound examinations.

Another common feeding error that leads to apathy is vitamin B deficiency (usually only in pond and water turtles that are mainly fed raw meat), which can be associated with paralysis and disorders in the central nervous system.

Finally, poisoning should be mentioned as the cause of the disease. Substances toxic to turtles can be found in plants, medicines, paints, solvents and insecticides.

Since the apathetic turtle is seriously ill in most cases and often completely refuses to feed, it should be presented to a veterinarian as soon as possible, who is able to carry out the above-mentioned examinations (blood test, ultrasound, x-ray) if necessary, to initiate appropriate therapy.