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RE: Baird's Gurging

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Posted by: DMong at Fri Dec 9 00:36:38 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by DMong ]  
   

You're very welcome Brad!

Well, it is generally recommended most of the time to give the snake an initial dose, then wait 12-14 days then repeat again. During this entire period you do NOT want to attempt ANY feeding at all because the antibiotic Metronidazole kills all the bacteria both good AND bad. A period of 12-14 days AFTER the last dose allows the acids, enzymes, gut bacteria to replenish back to a normal state so the animal can even begin to digest properly. Then when you do feed next, make sure it is a small meal and slowly and gradually work back up to normal sized prey.

I have been successful with just ONE dose and waiting 12-14 days before feeding, but on extremely emmaciated thin snakes time can be VERY crucial with getting them back to feeding and getting nutrition as soon as possible. but with a huge robust looking snake like your big bairdi, it could easily go that time preiod if you wanted to.

Also, a probiotic such as Bill was talking about, or "Nuti-Bac" another very well-known brand would be given a good while after the dosing because that in itself is "good bacteria" the snake needs in the gut to digest properly and you don't want the medication killing the good bacteria and counteracting that in the process.

Just triple check you are dosing correctly for it's weight, and hold the snake head and neck very upright, and administer the medication with a tad of water down its throat a good ways and press it in slow so it doesn't run back out it's mouth, and all is well, and if already in liquid form, of course no water would be needed..LOL!




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