My tortoise (Scooter) is probably about 50 years old. I have had her for 24 years.
She has not eaten for three weeks.
Is she knackered?
Or can a vet actually do anything?
Steve
My tortoise (Scooter) is probably about 50 years old. I have had her for 24 years. She has not eaten for three weeks. Is she knackered? Or can a vet actually do anything? Steve

I know you can't force animals to eat. Your tortoise may just have not as much as an appitite. Or he could be sick. What is your tank set up and waht is Scooter's diet?
My tortoise (Scooter) is probably about 50 years old. I have had her for 24 years. She has not eaten for three weeks. Is she knackered? Or can a vet actually do anything? Steve

I know you can't force animals to eat. Your tortoise may just have not as much as an appitite. Or he could be sick. What is your tank set up and waht is Scooter's diet?
The tort lives with 2 others in the garden.
They have a lodge.
Diet is fruit, lettice etc.
Steve
My tortoise (Scooter) is probably about 50 years old. I have had her for 24 years. She has not eaten for three weeks. Is she knackered? Or can a vet actually do anything?

After 24 years, Scooter deserves a trip to the vet. Soon.

http://www.chelonia.org/articles/Locate a vet.htm
http://www.repticzone.com/articles/reptileveterinarians.html

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My tortoise (Scooter) is probably about 50 years old. I have had her for 24 years. She has not eaten for three weeks. Is she knackered? Or can a vet actually do anything? Steve

Yes, a veterinarian can indeed help.
My Cleopatra (an ancient beauty, a California desert tortoise) awoke from hibernation several years ago and did not seem to have any appetite. On close examination, I noticed she was blowing bubbles through her nose. She had developed pneumonia while sleeping through the winter.
A vet injected her with a large does of antibiotics and gave me a syringe and a vial of more antibiotics to inject over a period of some weeks. My wife held Cleo while I injected the medicine into Cleo's hind leg, the only place where the skin is suitable; as a result, Cleo avoided my wife for quite some time.
The following winter, we had to prevent Cleo from hibernating. We kept her in our house and had her sleep on a heating pad set to low heat.

It is now years later. We estimate Cleo is about 40-55 years old. We've had her over 30 years. Each spring, I watch her carefully to see that she not only starts to eat but also leaves droppings. Then I know she is okay.
In case anyone is concerned about me having an endangered species (Gopherus agassizii), Cleo is registered with the California Department of Fish and Game and is thus legal. See
for a photo and details about how we got Cleo, her house, etc.

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My tortoise (Scooter) is probably about 50 years old. I ... Is she knackered? Or can a vet actually do anything?

After 24 years, Scooter deserves a trip to the vet. Soon. http://www.chelonia.org/articles/Locate a vet.htm http://www.repticzone.com/articles/reptileveterinarians.html Pat in Plymouth MI

Thanks, I will sort this out.
She has been fine for all of these years.
Steve
Appreciated.
I will find a vet that is comfortable with tortoises

Steve
In case anyone is concerned about me having an endangered species (Gopherus agassizii), Cleo is registered with the California Department of Fish and Game and is thus legal. See for a photo and details about how we got Cleo, her house, etc.

What an interesting story, thank you for posting the link. I had an acquaintance who acquired her tortoise in much the manner as yours, he has had him for only about 20 years, though.
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My tortoise (Scooter) is probably about 50 years old. I ... she knackered? Or can a vet actually do anything? Steve

Yes, a veterinarian can indeed help. My Cleopatra (an ancient beauty, a California desert tortoise) awoke from hibernation several years ... there road rage?" Instead, ask "Why NOT Road Rage?" or "Why Is There No Such Thing as Fast Enough?"

Scooter is now eating :-)
I always knew that she knew what she was doing.
Thanks for the help.
Steve