- Patient Status
- Released on September 17, 2020
- Date Found
- August 29, 2020
- Hudson; Pasco County
- Reason for Rescue
- Hook ingestion
- 2.31 kg (5.1 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 25.6 cm
- Exam Findings
- Alert & active; Fishing line present and coming from mouth, but the hook is not obviously visible.
- Initial Treatment
- Received vitamins, fluids & anti-inflammatory medications.
Heath is a juvenile, Kemp’s ridley who was accidentally caught by a fisherman in Hudson, FL in Pasco County. The fishing line was secured (taped) to the carapace (shell) to prevent further ingestion of the hook. X-rays revealed a large circle hook in Heath’s esophagus. The hook was successfully removed orally without the need for surgery! We are hopeful for a quick recovery for Heath!
Heath ate for the first time and will start on a diet of squid only for a few days. This is typical protocol for hook removal patients since fish bones can cause irritation to the esophagus or GI tract. This will give time for any injuries to heal! He is doing well in water.
Heath’s diet was increased and will now include other fish species like shrimp! Continuing to do glucose checks and giving fluids if needed.
Glucose checks and fluids have been discontinued.
Recheck lab-work was done. He is continuing to recover well!
Heath was deemed healthy enough and cleared for release! He was released at Fred Howard Park.
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