|Eddie's mouth is gently held open while he is tube-fed a contrast agent.|
|Our veterinarian, Dr. Shane Boylan, orients Eddie on the cassette for an x-ray.|
Luckily, a recent routine microscopic exam of Eddie’s poop revealed the presence of the coccidian parasite Caryospora cheloniae, which is specific to green sea turtles. This parasite is known to cause severe inflammation of the intestinal tract and may be at least partially responsible for the impaction-like symptoms we are seeing in this turtle. Eddie has now begun receiving an oral medication to treat this infection every other day and, luckily, he swallows his medication hidden in a bit of fish like a champ!
|Eddie has tolerated his various treatments well, and we are hopeful he'll make a full recovery.|
Eddie is a challenging case, but we are exploring all of our options to treat this turtle and are hopeful he will make a full recovery while overwintering in our hospital. Please wish Eddie well as he struggles to overcome his health issues!
Sea Turtle Biologist