- Patient Status
- Date Found
- April 2, 2023
- Hudson; Pasco County
- Reason for Rescue
- lethargic, floating
- 2.36 kg (5.2 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 30.2 cm
- Exam Findings
- Underweight, lethargic but alert. Minor fibropapilloma tumors present.
- Initial Treatment
- Vitamins, fluids, and antibiotics
Theodore Roosevelt’s Story
Theodore Roosevelt (a.k.a “Teddy” to rehab team) was found floating favoring one side in Hudson on April 2. Teddy was underweight and lethargic at intake with minor fibropapilloma tumors present. Teddy’s initial treatment consists of vitamins, fluids, and antibiotics.
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Teddy’s first swim test does show listing to one side and floating behaviors. We placed them in a shallow pool to help achieve good breaths. We will continue to monitor and increase swim time as needed.
Teddy went for a CT scan and is also showing neurological behaviors in water. Teddy was started on antibiotics. We are continuing to do glucose checks and giving fluids as needed.
We are continuing to monitor Teddy’s neurological behaviors. Teddy is only able to be in water a few hours a day due to activity level.
We have started tube feeding Teddy to help give them the proper nutrition to help them improve.
We are continuing to tube feed Teddy. Prognosis is still poor at this time as there isn’t much improvement. We will continue to monitor Teddy’s behaviors and appetite.
Teddy went for a recheck CT this week. There was no improvement seen. Teddy’s condition and behaviors have also not improved despite our best treatment efforts. Due to this poor prognosis, Teddy was humanely euthanized. A necropsy will be performed to learn more about their case.
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