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When Do I Go to the Vet?

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Posted by: captainjack0000 at Thu Jun 14 09:38:46 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by captainjack0000 ]  
   

I have a ghost corn snake that is about 40" long and 3yrs of age. He was a proven breeder and now he is just my house pet. His living conditions are very good for him while I am home.

However, for many reasons beyond my control, I was out of town for 2 weeks with only a couple of days back in the middle. The rest of the time the neighbor was checking on them and making sure they had water. I was back in the middle to handle feeding.

Upon returning from all of this I noticed the ghost was sneezing and not curled up in his hides. My thought is RI. He would do the log drape thing a little bit, and rub his nose on stuff. I have not seen any bubbles, open mouth breathing, or gummy mucus. He is also blue going into shed.

While gone I had the house temp set at 80F 24/7. That should have been just fine for the corn. Now that I am back home, I've bumped the temps in his cage. The first day he laid out and soaked up the heat. The sneezes seem less frequent, and he is actually hiding in his homes again. I see these as signs of improvement, and its only been 3 days.

Is there anything more I can do?
How long do I keep this up until I return to normal?
If it gets worse, when should I take him to a vet? Like how bad is vet bad?

If I can avoid going to the vet, great, but if I must then I will. The University of Florida has a top rated herp vet clinic that I can visit.

I'm sure my husbandry is fine when I'm home, but since the neighbor wouldn't scoop poop, the corn hung out in the cage with his feces for a while, and I'm suspecting that is where he got his RI.

Thanks a bunch for any advice!


   

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