Swollen Ears


Swollen ears are almost always the result of a severe respiratory infection. Either one or both ears may be affected by this condition.

If the ears are not too far swollen it may be possible for a veterinarian to go in and remove the puss and build-up from them. Otherwise surgery will be necessary to create an opening large enough for the veterinarian to go in and clean them up. This is because the build-up of puss can be so bad that it can completely close the turtles ears. This is also dangerous to the turtle because they use their ears to provide proper balance for their body.

Either way, antibiotics are almost always prescribed to ensure infection does not ensure while the turtle is healing. During the recovery period you will need to provide your turtle with a quiet place to heal. Also, handling your turtle during this time should not be done unless completely necessary.

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