Ulcerative shell disease in turtles

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Ulcerative shell disease in turtles - Vetster

Also, knowns as shell rot, ulcerative shell disease in turtles is an infection of the skin or shell either by bacteria or fungal organisms. Most commonly this situation develops due to poor husbandry, and environmental management of the captive reptile. The infection is often initiated following a traumatic event causing an injury or wound to the turtle. Bacteria can invade the damaged tissue, and if not addressed and managed quickly, systemic infection (septicemia) can be a serious, life-threatening complication.

Symptoms of Ulcerative Shell Disease in Turtles

  • Pustules or blisters in the shell
  • Pustules or blisters in the skin of the underbelly
  • Shallow, or deep open wounds in the shell or body
  • Malodour to shell or turtle
  • Disinterested in eating
  • Lethargy

Treatment of Ulcerative Shell Disease in Turtles

Treatment of the condition requires diagnostic testing to accurately identify the cause of the infection and to be able to treat the infection accordingly. Additionally, a large part of the treatment involves the evaluation and management of husbandry conditions that may have contributed to the initial development of the lesions.

Concerned about symptoms of ulcerative shell disease in your turtle? Schedule an appointment with one of our turtle veterinary professionals today at https://vetster.com/ for advice and to learn more about your pet’s wellness.

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