Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences (ISSN: 2582-3183)

Review Article Volume 5 Issue 7

Respiratory Disease in a Red Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

Nidhi Dutt*

Veterinary Associate; Department of Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery, Critter Care Veterinary Clinic, India

*Corresponding Author: Nidhi Dutt, Veterinary Associate; Department of Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery, Critter Care Veterinary Clinic, India.

Received: April 24, 2023; Published: June 08, 2023


This case demonstrates the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disease in a 15-year-old, male red-eared slider (R.E.S.) (Trachemys scripta elegans).

The presenting complaint was anorexia since three days and bubbles from the nose. There was a history of improper husbandry and diet. The initial diagnostic work up was radiographs which demonstrated mild opacity in the lungs, the owner initially denied further diagnostics and so a decision was made to treat the R.E.S. with enrofloxacin @5 mg/kg, q 48h, diluted with Ringer’s lactate, S/C, for five treatments.

After the treatments the radiographs were repeated and demonstrated an increase in the opacity of the lungs which lead to the suspicion of microbial resistance to enrofloxacin, after which the owners agreed to conduct a culture of the swab of the nasal discharge and the collection of a blood sample which demonstrated heterophilia and elevated WBCs with hypocalcaemia. The swab was sent for a culture and demonstrated that it was susceptible to gentamicin, ceftriaxone and amikacin, and resistant to enrofloxacin and amoxicillin + clavulanic acid after which it was treated with ceftriaxone @ 50 mg/Kg, q 24, seven days, after which the radiographs and blood tests were repeated, the radiographs revealed no abnormalities and the blood test revealed mild hypocalcaemia and the heterophil and WBC values were within normal range.

Keywords: Respiratory Disease; Ceftriaxone; Diet


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Citation: Nidhi Dutt. “Respiratory Disease in a Red Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)".Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences 5.7 (2023): 38-43.


Copyright: © 2023 Nidhi Dutt. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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