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Reptile & Amphibian Center

Ear Infections in Reptiles



To remove all of the pus and debris that has built up underneath the turtle’s eardrum, the veterinarian will anesthetize the animal, cut a hole in the membrane, thoroughly clean out and flush the inner parts of the ear with an antiseptic solution, and pack the area with an antibiotic ointment. The ear will need to be flushed and the ointment reapplied for several days, and the incision will be left to heal on its own. Oral or injectable antibiotics may also be prescribed.


Living and Management


To help prevent an aural abscess from returning, veterinarians will recommend a vitamin A supplement or modifications to the turtle’s diet. Any inappropriate environmental conditions within the animal’s terrarium must also be corrected.