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RE: WLP skin & respiratory problem

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Posted by: Kelly_Haller at Fri Oct 22 20:52:47 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Kelly_Haller ]  
   

Glad to hear of the improvement, and typically, shedding will invariably improve this condition when they are kept on a clean, dry substrate. You could still use antibiotic ointment sparingly on the remaining bulging scales if they still look infected. Higher humidity will not cause any additional problems as long as the substrate is dry.

Early signs of an RI in snakes are usually a wheezing, or wet hiss or ticking sound during breathing, and an increase in clear mucous in the mouth. As the infection progresses, the wheezing will usually move more into a type of cough as the thicker mucous is expelled. The mucous also changes from clear to a more opaque material in serious infections. Many snakes will hold their heads up and breath open mouth during these later stages as well. You may also see dried mucous around the openings of the nares.

In the early stages of an RI, most times it can be resolved by increasing temps 24/7 and increasing humidity, all without the use of any drugs. However, the more severe later stages will usually require antibiotics in almost all cases.

Kelly


   

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