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Tortoises should not be left in a shoebox, say vets

Over half of vets saw tortoises with weight loss or anorexia following their last hibernation, reveal the latest figures from BVA who have teamed up with the specialist BVZS and BSAVA to make sure hibernating pets have a healthy rest this winter.

With modern advice having moved away from the traditional idea of placing a tortoise in a shoebox in the attic, many vets believed these health problems stemmed from the way the tortoise was hibernated.

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