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TurtleInMankinis 18-09-2020 07:45 PM

Snake with blister disease?
 
Hi,
So ive had Midnight my red tail boa for about 6 years now. And the other day i noticed a blister on her back that looked as if it was filled with water. I waited until she shed and it had burst and then applied Antibacterial cream to stop infection. I've been keeping an eye on her for the past two weeks and she has deteriorated quite a lot. She hasn't eaten which she literally never has before, has lost weight and has multiple blisters over her.
I have never had this before but seems to be Blister disease but i don't know why? Her vivarium is dirty at all and she is fed regularly. Only thing i think i could have done is better heating and humidity which i now have done. Thought the humidity was high enough but checked the other day and wasn't so got that sorted. Anything i can do to help her? I literally have no vets around me for hours that take reptiles, especially now. So saying take her to the vets isnt an option, i dont mind how much it costs or what she needs i will get them for her. I have Tamodine in case the blisters burst to stop infection but anything else i can do?

Any help is greatly appreicated!

Malc 18-09-2020 09:19 PM

Why is a consultation with a vet not an option. We've just had our GSD put to sleep at the vets so they haven't closed their doors even though we're still in a pandemic. If your nearest vet has no reptile specialist then ask them for a referral to the nearest reptile specialist and make that call. Place the ball in their court if they want you to make the journey to take the snake to them, or if they are happy to do a remote consultation based on receipt of video / images and then have the local vet prescribe any medication.

TurtleInMankinis 18-09-2020 09:27 PM

I know there not shut, we've been to some of them but the only one that had one was sacked. We live in a very small village so its not like we can just pop next door to one. We've asked for a remote consultation and are waiting for one but its in their hands how quick they can get us one. But before that i need help with her, any helpful ideas?

Shellsfeathers&fur 18-09-2020 10:00 PM

Let us know whereabouts you are in the UK? Strange a vet was sacked - not the usual scenario.

ian14 18-09-2020 11:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Shellsfeathers&fur (Post 13372377)
Let us know whereabouts you are in the UK? Strange a vet was sacked - not the usual scenario.

Yes. Sounds very very odd.
Sadly I have a very suspicious mind and this sounds, well, very convenient that the only reptile vet just happens to have been sacked.
Quite how a remote appointment will work is beyond me. If a prescription is needed, how do you get it??
And let's say injections are needed. A vet will need to show you what to do. A bit difficult if the snake isn't witb the vet!

Malc 19-09-2020 12:20 AM

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Originally Posted by ian14 (Post 13372383)
Yes. Sounds very very odd.
Sadly I have a very suspicious mind and this sounds, well, very convenient that the only reptile vet just happens to have been sacked.
Quite how a remote appointment will work is beyond me. If a prescription is needed, how do you get it??
And let's say injections are needed. A vet will need to show you what to do. A bit difficult if the snake isn't witb the vet!

And then there is a similar post today from the OP in the lizard section

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Originally Posted by TurtleInMankinis (Post 13372361)
Hi,
SO i've had ruby for many years now and she was badly mistreated before we got her. We finally got her into good shape after about a year. Few years later and she developed a small lump on her bottom jaw but we live no where with vets that take reptiles but i clean the inside of her mouth .

Either the OP is having some really bad kama or Ian's suspicions may be right. But to give some credit they have 89 posts so it's not following the normal Friday night one poste wonder :whistling2:

This worried me though - posted in May

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Originally Posted by TurtleInMankinis (Post 13177010)
Hey guys, So yesterday i had my Westeren Hognose out for a while and i think he miss took my finger for food, he latched on and i couldnt get him off for a solid 2-3 minutes. I eventually got him off but my finger has now turned black/blue and i can feel it XD Also my hand has swelled to the size of a golf ball. Any idea of what i can do to help it? I went to A&E and they were useless as know one knew anything about it so im relying on you guys really XD

Cheers, All answers appreciated!

If I lived in a really remote village I wouldn't want to have something that could put me at risk, especially if the nearest A&E was some time away :gasp:

This also begs the question, with both a Boa and lizard having health problems at the same time, either the husbandry is up the poo or is there any chance of cross contamination caused through poor hygiene like not washing hands between handling :whistling2:


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