Recently while cleaning up, I came across the vet bill from (my male pet red ear slider turtle) Rex’s eye injury from over a year ago.

If you aren’t a long time reader here’s a picture of the injury, which you can read about it here: My pet turtle’s eye injury, My pet turtle’s eye injury part 2, and My pet turtle’s eye injury part 3 – recovery photos.
red ear slider turtle eye injury




The total veterinary bill amounted to $163. Here’s what the charges were for:

  • Metacam 2ml – Exotics
  • Gentocin (only) Opht Soln
  • Injacom Inj – Excotic (101gm+)
  • Exotic Exam – Initial vs

The first three were pet pharmaceuticals (drugs). They were general made for pet drugs or a reptile formula – none of them were formulated specially for pet turtles. Here’s what each item was for:

Metacam. It’s an NSAID (non steroidal anti inflammatory) drug that controls pain and inflammation. We had to use a syringe to inject it into poor Rex’s mouth. A lot of other websites state that it has a palatable (tasty) taste and that dogs will easily accept it. Rex might have a dog-like name, but he’s a pet red ear slider turtle and it wasn’t easy giving it to him – he didn’t like it at all. After the first dose, he didn’t dare open his mouth again and it’s impossible to ‘slip’ something it into a shut turtle mouth. We would put some of it on his turtle food, but he wouldn’t even go for that. It was hard, but being patient was the only solution. One time he even urinated on me when I was giving him (or trying to give him) some metacam. Aquatic turtle pee – I didn’t think I would ever come into direct with that outside of it being diluted and mixed in with the turtle tank water…

Gentocin (only) Opht Soln – or rather Gentocin Ophthalmic Solution. Gentocin is usually a spray-on drug that is used on pet dogs and cats for the treatment of lesions accompanied by swelling and/or itching. The type of Gentocin we got was in eye-drop form (not a spray) and it was the ophthalmic solution, which is made especially for use in eyes for treating/preventing infections, scratches, allergies, ulcers and similar. Each drop would immediately spill out from his eyes – turtle eyes seem so small compared to the size of the drops. Gentocin was easy to give to Rex and wasn’t difficult in any way.

Injacom Inj or Injacom Injection. Injacom is an injection (duh!) that was done by the vet. It contains Vitamin A, D3, and E. Apparently, the one dose the vet gave our pet turtle was enough as we weren’t given any to administer at home.

The fourth item (Exotic Exam – Initial vs) was the veterinary fee and was the most exam item at $91 (total bill was $163). Going to the vet wasn’t exactly cheap, but it was more affordable than I expected. And the peace of mind that my pet turtle was receiving the care and medicine he needed to recover is priceless. So yeah, take your pet turtle to the vet if s/he gets hurt!!

Anyway, Rex is a fully recovered and happy pet turtle and he looks like nothing ever happened to him!

Comments

  1. My red eared slider turtle is about eight years old, and she seems to have developed an infection of some sort. She swallowed a piece of dried silicon glue after ripping it out from the bottom of her tank and swallowed it before we could stop her. The next morning her eyes were red and puffy. She keeps closing them. It seems to heal slightly and then get worse again every night. She is also basking more often for much longer periods of time and seems slightly less responsive at times… do you have any ideas as to what I could try to make her get better? Her eyes look a lot worse when she’s out of the water and when she closes them. When she’s in the water she seems quite normal though!
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thankyou. (:

  2. Sorry Mashee, I really have no idea. The best thing to do is to take your pet red ear slider turtle to a qualified (one who knows reptiles) vet. I hope she is alright…

  3. my pet turtle has developed an eye infection…it keeps on rubbing the left eye and his eye becomes watery…please suggest me some cure…

    1. An eye infection can be caused by several things. It would be best to take your pet turtle to a qualified (reptile) vet to be physically inspected and treated.

  4. my turtle michel angelo has his eyes almost completly shut. he never opens them. i dont know what to do. I really dont want to spend that much like $163 on him. please help me!

  5. help me! my turtle Michel Angelo’s eyes are shut and he wont open them. i dint want to spend alot on meds. he wont eat either. he is the size of a dollar coin. his shell is still soft what do i do.

    1. The best way to take care of a pet turtle is to give it an environment that match it’s needs – more often than not it will cure/prevent health problems. Not knowing what kind of turtle you have, here is a link for a care sheet of the most popular pet turtle: red ear slider turtle

      How old is your turtle?

      A needed visit to a qualified vet is money well spent.

  6. Well he died. And it was a res. It was a gift from a relative and we found out it was illigal to have a turtle that little. It was 2 inches.

  7. plese someone help me my TURTLE HAS ITS EYES CLOSED CONSTANTLY,it is verey week,ITS FACE IS WINKLED,it wont eat even is in giving it the right food,SHE WONT MOVE BUT SHE IS ALIVE,plese we all dont want to wase our monny for the turtle but i relly7 njees help can someone pretty plese help me i dont want my turtle to die its just a baby and its a res.I am relly scared right now i look at it and it looks dead but its not becase then it mov es so i dont know what to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. PLESE SOMEONE HELP ME MY TURTLE IS A RES.AND ITS EYES ARE CONSTETLY CLOSED,IT IS VEREY WEEEK,SHE HAS A HARD TIME BREATHING,SHE WONT EAT EVEN THOUGH IM GIVVING HER THE RIGHT FOOD,SHE HAS WINKLES ON HER FACE,AND SHE WONT MOVE BUT SHE STILL IS ALIVE,AND I DONT WANT TO WASTE LIKE $100 DOLERS OR $200. SO CAN SOONE PRETTY PLESE HELP ME IM BEGGING IF U KNOW HOW TO CURE THIS PROBLME PLESE REPLY OR GIVR ME ADVICE.I LOVE MY TURTLE SOOOOO MUCH AND DONT WANT TO SEE IT DIE AS A BABY

  9. hyiii!!
    will u plz tell me that how can i differentiate between male n female in the case of red-eared slider turtle??

  10. Hi I need some help I have a baby red ear turtle it won’t open it’s eyes I got it some turtle eye drops do you think it will help him???

    1. it might help your pet turtle, but the reason for its eyes not opening may be caused by something else entirely. First, make sure your turtle setup is appropriate. If there is no improvement after that, take your turtle to a qualified vet

  11. My painted turtle (1 year old) has apparently hurt my baby (quater sized) painted turtle. he now has nubs for back legs and his tail is nubbish now. Will he be able to heal on his own (since now they have been separated) to should I do something specifically?

    1. Your baby painted turtle will heal just fine. If you notice any complications, take your pet to the vet

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