Cleaning a Dirty Turtle | Critter Fixers: Country Vets


[music playing] VERNARD HODGES:
Hey, how are you? MAYIA BRIGHTON: Hey, good.
How are you doing? All right.
You doing all right? Good to see you.
Yes, sir. So what we got going on? MAYIA BRIGHTON: So Mr.
Yurtle the turtle– VERNARD HODGES:
Yurtle the turtle– My husband, he found
this yellow-bellied slider turtle in a drain pipe. He was, like, covered in sewage,
and he couldn’t even move. Ah, you got quite a
bit of sludge in there. MAYIA BRIGHTON: So we
want him to survive, so I knew I needed to bring
him to see Dr. Hodges. Yeah, we tried to get
as much out as we could, but there’s still so much. Lots of grease, as well. Got a nice crack here. He’s not moving much. OK. I’mma try to clean him up more. MAYIA BRIGHTON: Thank you. And we’ll– I’mma show the picture here,
see what kind of environment we have when we get him clean. So give me a few minutes. MAYIA BRIGHTON: Yes, sir. This turtle’s just
not in real great shape. And it’s just full of grime
and stinks really, really bad. It also has a small crack, so
I know we had to do something to kind of clean this turtle up. He got some sludge there. I don’t want to flush
it back in there, so I want to clean that out. Nasty. Mm-hmm. VERNARD HODGES: Man, sludge. We started cleaning it out, and
I’m flushing and I’m thinking, whoa, this is a lot
worse than I thought. A turtle’s shell is his only
defense against predators. So when it’s cracked, you
really worry about this turtle being compromised. We’re gonna X-ray
this turtle and see exactly what’s
going on, ’cause it is possibly life-threatening. NARRATOR: The X-ray will
help Dr. Hodges determine if the cracked
shell, or carapace, has allowed any of the sludge
into the turtle’s body cavity. You literally
dodged the bullet. You did crack, but not– not terribly bad. Airway looks good. I’m gonna get you cleaned up. You’re a lucky turtle, Yurtle. NARRATOR: Fortunately,
the crack in the shell is only superficial. VERNARD HODGES: We’re going
to use some dish detergent, and we’re gonna clean
all this area up, because it cuts grease. So we want to cut some
grease and scrub-a-dub-dub. Maybe we can get us a
dishwashing endorsement. I can see us now. And then you know how you clean
it, and then as we clean it, then my teeth go, ting! [bell dings] Ting! [laughter] Once we got this turtle feeling
better and doing everything, our plan is to put an
epoxy on this cracked shell to kind of seal it. Ah, does that tickle? Does that tick– ah,
look at that head. That tickle?
[laughter] OK, perfect. The owner just needs to
provide a lot of TLC, make sure she keeps that
area that has all the sludge and that stuff clean. I think this turtle
has a pretty good shot. It’s clean. We got everything out of there. Oh, my goodness. She’s so bright and pretty. I’ve flushed this area
out, and I’ve packed it. The brown stuff you see
now is a wound paste. Thank you so much, Dr. Hodges. You’re the best. All right.
We’ll see you later. Oh, Yurtle. He looks like a completely
different turtle. I was actually shocked and,
like, got tears in my eyes, ’cause he was,
like, moving around, and he looks so much
happier, and, like, he was a little feisty. And I’m excited to
bring him home and see him swim and do turtle things. [laughs]

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