I sometimes commented on my fellow pet bloggers that I went to a vet once, some of them asked what’s wrong with me. I guessed it’s better to share it here. I know it’s old news but I never want to make new news out this matter ever again….in other word, going to a vet was not fun at all.
In 2008, I had problem with my poop, it wasn’t solid like it was supposed to be. Mommy was confused but she didn’t think something was wrong. Probably something I ate she thought. However, the liquid poop (I have no idea how to call such poop in English, in Indonesian we called it as mencret) continued over a month…and that’s when mommy started to get worried.
She started asking around. Aunt Lara (remember her? She is our first guess author for Herptile spotlight) told her that liquid poop was a sign of either stress, nutrition problem or bacteria. Mommy thought that stress was not the case because I was acting just fine. She was worried about nutrition and bacteria.
My poop problem became worse, I was liquid pooping 4 – 6 times a day. Finally, she decided to take me to a vet. Everyone in our family against the decision because they thought I would only waste her money…but mommy loves me with all her heart, for her money is not a big issue when it comes to me.
Unfortunately most vets are only skillful with Cats and Dogs 😦 . She took me to Animal Hospital near the zoo…hoping the vets would know something about reptile. She also brought sample of my poop. I was put in a small container because she couldn’t find a bigger one. The second time I went to the vet, she found a better container 😉 See the photos below. On the left was the first container and on the right was the second container.
I was restless inside my container because I was never put inside such small container…Mommy often petted me while we were still on the bus heading to the hospital, she said be patience okay!.
When we arrived at the hospital, you should see the look on the receptionists face!! They were a bit surprise to see a cheap turtle like me (baby RES is sold for $0,5 to $1 here) was taken to hospital. They probably think that it would be cheaper just to buy a new RES 😉
Because I was put inside the container for almost an hour, she straight away set me free from that small container. She put me on the chair, I was quite stress up at that time….I hate riding a bus!! After half an hour, I had my spirit back and started exploring the waiting room. And then the vet called my name.
Mommy thought the vet was quite cute which I really didn’t care. He examined my poop sample and asked about my symptoms. We were shocked when the vet told us that I had Coccidia, kinda like e.coli for human. The bacteria lived inside my intestine, if no action was taken, they will eat my intestine and eventually I would have blood in my poop…thank God, mommy took me to the vet before that horrible thing happened. The vet said that the cause most likely from water and mommy thought that the cause was the water in our new home.
The vet gave me an antibiotic shot…which was very painful. He pulled my leg and shot it between my butt and my thigh (on my second visit, I even bit mommy’s finger out of agony). He gave me a medicine that needed to be taken twice a day. I have to return for check up till my intestine freed from Coccidia. I went back 3 times.
To force the medicine, mommy had to use a syringe. Held my head like the photo below and force the medicine through my mouth gap. To do that, she needed grandma to hold my shell. To do it alone was impossible because I refused to take that bitter medicine (I know it was for my own good…but I still hated the taste). I had to take that medicine for a week and visit the vet once in 3 or 4 days. On the third visit I was freed from Coccidia. Yokatta!!
After the third visit, mommy took me to her school because her students wanted to see me (the turtles she kept talking about to her students). We spent about 2 hours in the library. We borrowed the librarian camera and took several shots of me with mommy (the photo on the left) and one of her students, Alida (the photo on the right).
I liked the third visit a lot 😉 .
So, have you been to a vet before? And did you like it?