BluePearl Treats Threatened, Protected Gopher Tortoise

TAMPA, Fla. – Doctors and technicians from BluePearl Veterinary Partners examined and treated a gopher tortoise at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital here, Friday.

The female tortoise was brought in by a Good Samaritan who noticed she had sustained an injury to her plastron (belly/ under-part of the shell).

After being given an examination and an echocardiogram, BluePearl veterinarians treated her with antibiotics. She will be sent to a state-registered, wildlife rehabber where she will be taken care of until she can be released back into the wild. A full recovery is expected.

Gopher tortoises are listed as a threatened species by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and they are protected under Florida law.

Doctors from BluePearl recommend only bringing injured wildlife into a veterinarian. If you find wildlife in a compromised situation, and the animal is not injured, it is recommended to help the animal to safety and then cease interaction.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,350 people including more than 350 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.



Date: Oct. 11, 2013