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RE: Is mine doomed?

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Posted by: herbivorous at Mon Aug 13 23:26:39 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by herbivorous ]  
   

Markus, I sent you an email earlier, but in case you don't get it, I thought I should post a message on here. I do not think that your snake is destined for a slow, agonizing death, and I would hesitate to conclude that he has a serious internal issue until a vet can prove it to you. While he may feel some minor discomfort, I doubt he is in any real pain, and I would say that he has a better that even chance of pulling through. Until you can get him to a vet, I think the things that have been suggested are good ideas (sugar bath, keeping him super clean, apply neosporin, etc). It would be good if he could eat a small meal here and there to keep up his strength, but if he doesn't don't panic; I have a couple that go most of the winter with little or no food intake. I would exhort you to persevere.

I think I already shared this story with you, but I'll recount it here for others who might benefit. I had a similar prolapse issue to yours with a visually flawless specimen on June 10, 2006. I remember the day quite vividly since it happened to be the day of my wedding. My vet determined that the prolapse was a product of inflammation due to some kind of infection (we couldn't determine the exact place/type) that was identified by blood tests. We administered several rounds of injectable antibiotics (with the help of my new wife), diligently applied ointments every day, and kept him impeccably clean for somewhere around two months. Right about the time I was ready to throw in the towel, the problem abruptly fixed itself. I don't know if it was due to his immune system taking over or if all the hard work finally caught up, but he never had a recurrence over the next several years that I had him.

I know this is super difficult, but I guess the moral of the story is not to give up because you never know when the tide could turn in your favor. We're pulling for you and your snake.

Robert Harper


   

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