Species: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Arrival Date: May 31, 2020
Stranding Location: Boynton Beach, FL
Initial Weight: 15.58 lbs.
Current Weight: 15.58 lbs.
Issue: Buoyancy Disorder
Vicky is a juvenile green sea turtle patient that was found floating in the Intracoastal Waterway in Boynton Beach. The turtle has healed trauma to its caudal carapace from an unknown cause. Vicky’s bloodwork upon arrival shows signs of chronic debilitation, and radiographs revealed a large amount of feces in the turtle’s intestines. Vicky will receive fluids and antibiotics, and will be closely monitored by hospital staff as the buoyancy disorder 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.
06/25/2020 -Vicky's blood work has normalized but it remains on the prokinetic medications. We also performed colonocentesis this week on Vicky.
06/19/2020 -Vicky's blood work indicates overall improvement, and the new prokinetic treatment is being monitored closely.
06/11/2020 -Vicky had new radiographs this week that showed that there is impairment of intestinal movement, so a prokinetic drug has been initiated.
06/05/2020 - New Patient