I have a box turtle that lives in an enclosure in my yard. It has developed an eye infection, where there is a white coating over the eye.
One of this turtle's companions had a similar infection last year, and subsequently died I didn't realize it was serious until it was too late.
Does anyone know how I might treat this problem? I don't really have the money to take him to the vet please don't flame me over this.

Thanks.
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I have a box turtle that lives in an enclosure in my yard. It has developed an eye infection, where ... this problem? I don't really have the money to take him to the vet please don't flame me over this. Thanks.

Well..
Do you have a local feed store?
Most feed stores carry antibiotic eye ointments, terramycin is the usual variety. I've used it successfully on birds (emus and chickens) so I don't see why it would not help a turtle, if you can get the turtle to cooperate and let you smear the ointment into the eye every day. ;-)

Keep it up for a full 10 days even if the eye looks better.

Good luck!!
Oh, and if the feed store does not carry it, try Tractor supply, or call here: 1-800-JEFFERS for jeffers pet supply...

K.
Does anyone know how I might treat this problem? I don't really have the money to take him to the vet please don't flame me over this. Thanks.

Your turtle is your responsbility, that includes making sure you have money set aside in case of emergencies. You should have thought about this BEFORE getting the turtle
Hi, the swollen eyes is actually a sympton of a respitory infection. Since the tear duct system is part of this this is the sympton.

Vitamin A helps the tear glands to eliminate stuff via the tear duct system. If the cause of your turtles problem is lack of vitamin A, said systems gets stucked with granules, which after remain in the eye, irritate it, make swell the lids and voila, there you have it. In fact when your vet washes the eyes you can also see white granules coming out. Imagine to have sand under your closed eyes, your turtle does definitely not feel nice.
Heat it up, soak in shallow water with heating pad under it to temps of 90F for days. This creates a consistant temp and the water helps clean the system and keeps it well hydrated.

I thought high humidity is to avoid when you deal with resp. infection?
Anna
Can someone clarify the temperature of the water I should soak the turtle in, and for how long? One person says "tepid", one person says 90F, and one person says humidity is bad.
Also, I suspect this isn't a respitory infection. The turtle can open his eye there is just a white coating on the eye, much like a cataract would look.
I am thinking that I will regularly soak the turtle, flush with saline solution, apply the ointment, and observe for improvement. Is 10 days a good time length?
Can someone clarify the temperature of the water I should soak the turtle in, and for how long? One person ... the turtle, flush with saline solution, apply the ointment, and observe for improvement. Is 10 days a good time length?

Sounds good... :-)

K.
I have been soaking my turtle daily and applying the eye ointment, and it does appear to be working. The only problem is, the turtle isn't eating. This is day 6 of 10 before I return him to his enclosure in the yard. The question is, do I need to worry about this? He is getting water via the soaking, but can he go that long without food?
I have been soaking my turtle daily and applying the eye ointment, and it does appear to be working. The ... need to worry about this? He is getting water via the soaking, but can he go that long without food?

Even when not in brumation, I've had my turtles go a month without food.
I have been soaking my turtle daily and applying the eye ointment, and it does appear to be working. The ... need to worry about this? He is getting water via the soaking, but can he go that long without food?

If he has been well fed in the past, turtles can go weeks without food. Mine do every winter when they hybernate...
I don't feed them until they come out in the spring, unless there is a warm winter day and they get active.
They have water available at all times.

Om.
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