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RE: Mouthrot

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Posted by: DMong at Mon Jan 23 15:23:03 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by DMong ]  
   

Many years ago, I got a Colombian Boa rescue that had such horrible mouthrot(infectious stomatitis) that it had rotted through the roof of the snake's mouth and had tiny maggots crawling out of it's nostrils. I nursed it back to 100% perfect health in very short order doing these simple steps.....

1) gently pry the mouth open with a plastic spoon, etc.. and turn it cide-ways to "prop" the snake's mouth open so you can work on it. This is quite easy to do.

2) Remove all rotted "cheesy" looking tissue along with any loose teeth.

3) turn snakes head just a bit side-ways and rinse the mouth well with hydrogen peroxide a couple times to allow it to fizz a good bit. You can also apply a bit of Betadine which works well too and stains the bad part of the tissue to help you in identifying the bad tissue that needs to be removed.

$) do this at least twice a day every single day for several days and you should immediately start to notice a big difference. But do not stop the treatments. Keep doing this for about a good week or so until you see it getting totally back to normal and the mouth looking good and perfectly closed once again.

Keep in mind though, it is EXTREMELY important to note if the snake also has a SECONDARY RI (Respiratory Infection), because this can be quite common to have two problems going at the same time. Either of which(or both) will prevent the snake from feeding voluntarily as well. in which case warm the snake into the mid-90's and seek veterinary help ASAP for the administration of antibiotcs that will properly target the infection after a saliva bacteria culture has been performed to know what antibiotics will BEST target the given type of bacteria.

If you have some mouth rot that isn't way out of control yet, you should have no problem with getting the snake back to normal so long as you follow the steps to the letter.


hope the snake pulls through quickly!..



~doug
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