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Local veterinary surgery offers tips as pets and wildlife wake up from their winter snooze

With spring around the corner, many animals, including tortoises kept as pets, will be coming out of hibernation. As it is important to take extra care of these animals at this time, Horsham veterinary surgery, Arthur Lodge, has a few words of advice for the local community, particularly any owners whose tortoises may be re-appearing.

In view of the erratic English weather, it can be extra difficult for tortoises as they expect to emerge into warm temperatures.  As this cannot be guaranteed, it is important to invest in a basking lamp which will provide the tortoise with adequate heat and light.

Fresh out of hibernation, a tortoise is very weak with a low white blood cell count leaving it vulnerable to infection. If it does not receive enough heat and light, it will not get going, refusing to eat and using up its existing fat and energy reserves.

Julian Peters, Owner of Arthur Lodge, commented: “It is also important to make sure the tortoise remains fully hydrated. Many owners may struggle to get their tortoise to drink but immersing it in water will encourage this. Splashing water on the shell and around the head will often help too. At this stage, drinking is more important than feeding. However, if a tortoise still has no appetite within one week of waking up, it is important to get it checked over.”

Julian added: “At this time of year it is also good to be wary of wildlife, such as hedgehogs, that are coming out of hibernation as the animals can become disorientated and wander onto roads.”

The team at Arthur Lodge is always happy to give advice and can be contacted on 01403 252964.

 

Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery
17 Brighton Road, Horsham
West Sussex, RH13 5BE
Tel: 01403 252964

Downs Link Veterinary Surgery
16 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road
Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex
RH13 9LA, Tel: 01403 732219

Ash Barn Veterinary Surgery
Unit 5, Ockley Court Farm
Coles Lane, Ockley, Surrey, RH5 5LS
Tel: 01306 713177

White Horse Veterinary Surgery
226 Crawley Road, Roffey
Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4HE
Tel: 01403 249902