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My brother has an albino corn snake, about 3 years old, 4ish feet long that is not a happy chappy.

He last ate 8 days ago, wouldnt feed yesterday and has become really really thin, spine and ribs visible :cry:

We took him to the vets and he said he is dehydrated and may have an infection of some sort, so gave him a shot of antibiotics and said we should syringe feed him water for a coupla days, then sugar water, then meat based baby food to get him going again.

We've been giving him water today and he seemed to have perked up a bit, but he is looking worse now and has become lethargic.

I'm really just looking for any advice and some reassurance as my brother is worried he's not gonna make it through the night.

We had a rat snake which we lost like this, but we didnt get a chance to get him to the vet before he died so we really don't wanna have this one pass on.

Would it be worth giving him a bath to try and rehydrate him some more?
 

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sounds like a stupid question but has it got a water bowl in its viv at all times?if its extreamly dehydrated it won't be able to drink the amount of fluid that it requires.maybe its a disease you said you lost your other snake like that,did you tell the vet that coz it might have made a difference as to what he treated the snake for?
as for the bath don't know if that will rehydrate the snake or just the skin?
 

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Giving him a bath will help,you sure it was a proper herp vet you saw cos it sounds as if he in a bad way.I would phone the vet in the morning as it sounds like he has lost a lot of weight in a short space of time.
 

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I'm afraid he's just gone :cry:

There was fresh water down all the time. The guy we took him to was supposedly a reptile specialist, we did tell him about the other snake.

Thanks for the replies.
 

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I'm very sorry for your loss.

If the snake ate a week ago and then went downhill that quickly with no obvious reasons, it sounds as though it is well worth getting a postmortem done.
 

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sorry to hear that :cry:
 

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Sorry to hear about your snake but it would be worth getting a pm done on it seeing as your last one went the same way.
 

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yes i also think a PM is in order. something strange must of happend for it to go downhill so quickly. and i find it wierd that it was so thin after going without food for only 8 days.
 

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Sorry for your loss. Hope u find out what happened.
 

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:( sorry to hear he`s gone & condolences to you & your brother.
I know most of the normal things have been mentioned, but did you actually know the age of this snake?? as this may also have been a factor, plus with the other one going the same way sound like you had a nasty infection or something & agree a PM is best too.
 

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OOOOPPPS Just re-read your 1st post & realised he was only 3 yrs so quite young, Sorry!! :oops:
 

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No worries wolf :)

I'll suggest a PM, like you all say it sounds like it'd be worth it.

Thanks for all your messages guys.
 
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