10 yr old Rua was rescued from a home where she had not been living in a tank. Apparently she wandered about the house and was put in the bath to eat and toilet.
She would go missing for weeks and months at a time and has apparently not eaten for many months. She is incredibly dehydrated and we've no idea what longterm damage has been done to her internal organs. Her skin was dry, shrivelled and pieces of thick, unshed skin was hanging off her.
Tempting though it was to pull off the excess skin, it was dry and stuck. She has little strength in her limbs and doesn't really swim. I don't think she's been in water deep enough before to need to swim. She moves as though she is in slow motion.She was placed in shallow warm water overnight and had already improved due to being hydrated again.
She had a vitamin injection at the vet and has started to eat small, frequent feeds. She was terribly irritated by the dry skin, especially her eyelids and kept rubbing them so I applied chlorsig which helped.