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    Red slider turtle

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    Has anyone every had one. My mom has one.And one of her turtles eye.Looks like it is swollen.And she can't open it. Anyone ever had this happen to there turtle before. And should I call the veterinarian.



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    I believe you can buy medicated eye drops in the pet store. I would suggest cleaning the tank first, and if it gets worse, I would call the vet. But try to find medicated drops first.
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    You need to take it to a herp vet ASAP it can be just an eye infection or it could be a start to a respitory illness.
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    Find a vet that specializes in exotics, it's not that hard a lot of vets do they just don't advertise it. The turtle should be seen because it could be worse than an eye infection.
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    Found this... http://www.redearslider.com/physical_conditions.html

    Eyes Closed or Swollen

    Various types of injury or infection can cause a turtle's eyes to be closed or swollen. Dehydration, ear abscesses, chlorine/chloramines, scratches, bacterial infection, trauma, poor water conditions and poor nutrition are readily causes. Furthermore, this is a potential symptom of a Vitamin A deficiency (Hypovitaminosis A), metabolic bone disease or respiratory infection (RI).

    The sensitivity of the eyes allows it to be an early detector of other inflictions. All of these conditions can be serious and unrelated; offering Vitamin A will have no effect if RI is present. The delay in proper treatment may even cause greater harm. Consider swollen eyes as a symptom of a greater disease. If other symptoms exist or form, then immediate medical care is required.

    If your RES consistently rub their eyes after a water change, you may suspect high levels of chlorine or chloramines. The use of an aquarium water conditioner may help ease the situation. Home remedies for closed eyes may be small amounts of Vitamin A drops or the application of cod-liver oil onto the eyelids. Try to see if the turtle will open its eyes when dry docked. It is, however, best to seek the help of a qualified vet if there are other symptoms, the condition does not improve, or there is no explanation for the cause. Turtles may refuse to eat if they are unable to see. This can cause an onset of other serious medical conditions.

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    Eye Problems in Aquatic Turtles - tortoisetrust.org/articles/eyeprobs.htm
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    I've had my red ear for 7 years now and haven't ever had anything like that happen. I'd probably do what Berk suggested and take it to a vet that specializes in exotics.
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    I found a vet that takes extoics animals for my mom.She will be calling and making an appointment. Just cleaned the aquarium



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