- Patient Status
- Date Found
- June 16, 2023
- Palm Harbor; Pinellas County
- Reason for Rescue
- Carapace injury
- 0.679 kg (1.49 lbs)
- Exam Findings
- Thin body condition. Injury to carapace.
- Initial Treatment
- Fluids, Antibiotics, Wound Care
Pearl is an adult, female diamondback terrapin who was found floating near a seawall in Palm Harbor with carapace injuries. Pearl was lethargic, underweight, and had minimal use of her rear legs at intake examination. Pearl’s initial treatment includes antibiotics and fluid therapy.
Pearl went for a CT scan to assess extent of carapace injuries.
We are continuing to do daily soaks in the sun, fluid therapy, and injectable antibiotics. We are monitoring her appetite.
Pearl is receiving wound care and bandage changes twice a month until further notice.
Pearl is starting to show interest in food and is eating well! Pearl has gained 0.2 kg in weight.
Pearl is continuing to receive wound care and bandage changes every other week. We are starting to see more use in rear legs with utilizing her ramp in her habitat!
Pearl has been moved to a larger habitat, one of our ICU pools, to help assess potential buoyancy issues and to help increase their activity level.
We have started to do daily cold laser treatments on Pearl’s carapace injury.
Pearl’s wound has been healing really well since utilizing cold laser treatments! Pearl’s latest weight is 0.98 kg (2.16 lbs). She has gained 0.67 lbs since intake!
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