Antibiotics For Turtles: Which One For Which Disease?

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Disclaimer: The following article includes different antibiotics for turtles according to their diseases. These medicines are only suitable for the creature when they are sick. Each antibiotic has minor side effects, and a specific dosage is required for a cure. Never apply any medicine to your turtle without diagnosis and consulting your vet. TheTurtleHub will take no responsibility if your turtle suffers from health loss due to the wrong medication.

Vets often suggest antibiotics for our sick turtles. But unfortunately, most of us have no idea which diseases those medicines can cure. Well, it is not mandatory to know the medications of the turtles. But getting familiar with those antibiotics will do no harm.

Vets suggest antibiotics according to the disease. For example, Valine, Acyclovir, and Valacyclovir cure herpes and Ranaviral illness. Similarly, Ampicillin, Chloramphenicol, Erythromycin, etc., are effective for bacterial diseases.

Get a full antibiotic list for turtles in the article below.

Antibiotics For Turtles: Which One For Which Disease?

Turtles require antibiotics to get rid of severe diseases, for example, hypovitaminosis, respiratory illness, shell rot, etc. Here, I have attached the effective antibiotic lists as per the diseases.

List of antibiotics for turtles,

Antibiotics For Turtles Diseases
ValineHerpes, Ranaviral disease
AcyclovirHerpes, Ranaviral disease
ValaciclovirHerpes, Ranaviral disease
Amikacin SulfateBacterial shell disease
AmikacinPneumonia, Oral cavity, Hepatitis, Septicemia 
AzithromycinBacterial infection, lung disease, pneumonia
Amphotericin BLungs disease, fungal infection
AmpicillinBacterial disease
CeftiofurBacterial disease
CarbenicillinUrnary tract infection
CeftazidimeBacterial infection, Hepatitis, Septicemia
CeftiofurRespiratory disease
CefuroximeBacterial infection
ChloramphenicolBacterial infection
CiprofloxacinBacterial infection, gastrointestine 
ClarithromycinPneumonia, infection
ClindamycinBacterial infection
ClotrimazoleFungal infection
DoxycyclineBacterial disease
ErythromycinBacterial disease
EnrofloxacinBacterial disease, Hepatitis 
FluconazoleFungal disease
ItraconazoleFungal disease
KetoconazoleFungal infection
LincomycinBacterial infection
MarbofloxacinBladder, kidney, and skin disease
MetronidazoleInfectious diseases, shell rot
NeomycinBacterial skin infection
NystatinFungal infection
OxytetracyclineInfectious disease
PiperacillinInfectious disease
Polymyxin BUrinary tract and blood infection
SulfamethoxazoleInfectious disease
TobramycinBacterial diseases
Trimethoprim-sulfaBacterial disease, gastrointestine
TicarcillinInfectious disease
TylosinInflammation and irritation
VoriconazoleFungal disease

N.B. Consult your vet before administering any medicine to your turtles. The wrong dosage can do permanent harm to the pet.


Vets prescribe antibiotics after thorough checkups and diagnoses. Then, they adjust the medicine dosage according to the disease severity. So, never try to guess your pet’s illness and give it just any medicine you find. It can even kill the turtle.

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