Hello. I have a few questions pertaining to a sick Red Footed Tortoise, but you can probably answer them with just some basic knowledge on reptile illnesses. Two weeks ago (at work) we received a red foot with what seemed to be a minor respiratory infection. She was making a very slight clicking sound when breathing and her saliva seemed very viscous when I looked in her mouth. However, she was at least alert and somewhat active. She went to the vet the next day. (The exotics "specialist" is only there on certain days.) She was prescribed baytril to be administered daily. I know baytril is harsh on reptiles' systems, but I assume the vet chose to go ahead and jump to this as something like t-smz would probably not have been very effective at the fairly progressed stage which the infection was already at. I also decided to bump up the heat in her enclosure. Those are the only steps we've taken so far. Unfortunately, the condition does not seem to have improved as of yet. Not surprisingly, she also has not eaten since she has been here. (As I said, we are going on two weeks.) My first question is about force feeding. Repti-aid was suggested at some point, but I pointed out that this is meant for carnivorous/insectivorous reptiles, and red foots are mostly herbivorous with very little protein demands. The last thing this tortoise needs is a gastric problem on top of all the stress. I found Melissa Kaplan's force feeding formulas for herbivores: Soaked alfalfa pellets, pureed squash, pureed fruit, reptile multivitamin, and reptile calcium supplement, thinned with Pedialyte, 1:1 solution of Gatorade and water, or plain water. What are your opinions on the usage of Gatorade? On the one hand, it contains electrolytes, which I am an avid supporter of when it comes to treating herps. On the other hand, it contains dyes and sugars...which may not really be necessary obviously. So what would you use? Gatorade or water? Do you think the benefits of added electrolytes outweighs the inclusion of dyes and extra sugars? I already have an opinion but would like some feedback from others as well. My next question is about medicinal baths, and you can skip this part if you don't know anything about them. I read in "Reptile Diseases" by Rolf Hackbarth that a "mirfusoft bath" can be used to treat respiratory infections. I'm pretty sure mirfusoft is a German medicine that is the same thing as thyme. That's what I gathered from looking online at least. (The book was originally in German and most of the drug names were left as is.) Anyways, the instructions are, "apply externally 1x daily; to be inhaled; 10mL per liter of lukewarm water." What's this "to be inhaled" mean? Ive never done a medicinal bath except an electrolyte soak before, so I don't really understand...is she supposed to inhale steam from the thyme solution? Because lukewarm water isn't going to accomplish that...would setting a steaming thyme solution NEAR her be better? If anyone knows anything about this, please let me know. I'm considering this as a supplemental treatment to bring up with the vet or my manager since the baytril doesn't seem to be helping... I swear, that's it. I'm SO SORRY to ramble on for so long. If you have any advice whatsoever on treating a difficult URI, I would greatly appreciate it, even if it has nothing to do with the treatments listed here. Thank you so much to the few (if any) who will actually read this. I look forward to your insight.