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rat bite/mouthrot rescue boa

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Posted by: jwilson at Mon Feb 22 02:02:53 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jwilson ]  
   

I rescued an aprox 6ft boa with the actual intent of putting her down. I am not in a position financially to take it to a vet and Ive spent hundreds on rescues that were not nearly as sick and still died. Her owner says it was bitten by a rat "awhile" ago. It was housed in a glass tank with no heat, dirty pine shavings. When I arrived he had the snake out in the garage in 50 degree weather so it could "get some air". The snake is very underweight and it's mouth/nose very swollen and disfigured. It was impossibl;e to tell the location of nostrils.proceding with putting it down was harder then I expected and i decided to give her a chance. I soaked her in warm water for an hour,flushed mouth with hydroperoxide solution then eye wash and aggressively swabbed a ton of grey "cheese" from mouth.There were big pockets that appeared to have rotted through the upper jaw. it also oozed from the top of the nose.Snake is also loaded up with mucus.I followed this with a lathering of polysporin. Been keeping her at 90degrees, no water but daily ihr soakings followed by mouth swabbs with polysporin. It's been 5 days now and snake does seem to have improved, swelling going down, grey cheese not back yet and a little more active. Does this snake actually have a chance or am I just prolonging it's misery?


   

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