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Swollen boa jaw- update and further ?'s

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Posted by: AnnaCB at Sat Jan 29 17:57:46 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by AnnaCB ]  
   

Hi folks- you can see my previous post a few posts down the page.


Fletcher is doing well for the most part, but I'm still concerned.
The jaw doesn't seem swollen most of the time, but I still occasionally see obvious puffiness when I come home from work and check on him. It seems to go down if he moves around or if I handle him after noticing his face; does that indicate anything?

I gave him anti-inflammatory medicine recently (after discontinuing its use for the most part) and noticed that he opened and closed his mouth several times afterward, which I've seen many times when giving meds to reptiles, but he only opened his mouth on ONE side. Is this a normal thing, or does it lend credit to the idea that he does have some jaw damage?

Should I continue to avoid feeding until some more time has passed, or should I go ahead and give him a small meal? I can tell he's been looking for food on occasion recently. Weightwise, he can handle waiting, but perhaps a good meal might better allow for the body to heal, and perhaps even give his jaw a chance to get back into the right position if it is out of whack?

I truly don't know what else to do. The vet visits haven't been particularly fruitful. If anyone knows a VERY good reptile vet in the Portland, Oregon region, I can likely find the money for one more visit (especially for blood tests or other cultures if people think they're needed), but they are starting to become a bit of a drain considering I haven't gotten any solid answers.


   

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