Bladder Stones

 

Bladder stones are not uncommon in turtles but happen more frequently in tortoises. Uric acid is the compound that the stones are actually formed from. Unless something is already seriously wrong with your turtle or tortoise it will take years for these stones to reach a substantial size. However when they do reach a size that is large enough to cause damage they can be hard to get rid of.

If left untreated the stones will continue to grow to the point that they can be fatal, however there are almost always signs of bladder stones before they reach this size. Difficulty with urination or trouble walking are some of the more common signs. If your turtle is exhibiting any of these signs it is suggested that you take your turtle or tortoise to the veterinarian immediately. Extensive surgery is usually required to remove the bladder stones from your pet.

 
 
 
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