Fat Cheeks

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dburg
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My RES is about a year old, Not sure if it\'s a boy or a girl, lateley flipper\'s cheecks are getting bigger and bigger. Flipper lives in a 50 gal tank with a large basking area, uvb uva lighting as well as with Freddle a larger RES that does not have any cheeck problems. They both eat guppies, turtle pellets, and dried shrimp. We are introducing veggies into thier diet, but so far they aren\'t really interested. Should I take flipper to the vet, or is this normal?
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By fat cheeks, do the areas look like lumps have formed under/near the red markings? They could be ear abcesses and are not normal, but unfortunately develop, for aquatics especially, when their water has not be kept clean enough. Do the areas look anything like the pictures of ear abcesses at http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/medeyes.htm If so, you need to take your turtle to a herp vet to have them lanced, drained, and receive antibiotics. The sooner you do so, the better it is for him.
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Bot Fly Cysts: This infestation is common in turtles. It usually develops as a swelling in the parotid area on the head, or on the limbs. Once the cyst is apparent, it should be lanced, or removed and the wound disinfected. Povidol solution or Terramycin ointment is effective.
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id take it to the vet for it to be removed
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