Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Arrival Date: May 4, 2019
Stranding Location: Fort Pierce, FL
Initial Weight: 5.46 lbs.
Current Weight: 6.07 lbs.
Issue: Intestinal Issues
Chewbacca is a juvenile green sea turtle patient that was found washed ashore near the Fort Pierce Inlet. Upon arrival, radiographs revealed a large amount of sand and debris in the turtle’s esophagus and stomach. A gastroscopy was performed and several pieces of plastic were removed from the turtle’s esophagus. Chewbacca was given some mineral oil to assist in the passing of the remaining sand and plastic in its gastrointestinal tract. The turtle will receive antibiotics and be monitored closely as the gastrointestinal issue is treated.
This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.
There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.
More details to follow.
07/11/2019 -Chewbacca was taken off all medications.
07/04/2019 -Chewbacca’s white cell count is remaining normal. Turtle may be taken off meds next week.
06/27/2019 -Chewbacca’s white cell count is back down to normal.
06/20/2019 -Chewbacca’s white cell count went back up so the treatment regimen has been changed.
06/13/2019 -Chewbacca’s white cell count is now normal.
06/06/2019 -Chewbacca’s white cell count is approaching normal.
05/30/2019 -Chewbacca is no longer passing plastic
05/23/2019 -Chewbacca has passed a good amount of plastic and seems to be responding to treatment so far. The white cell count is coming down.
05/04/2019 - New patient