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 Sick red tail

I HAVE A RED TAIL BOA THAT IS A MALE ABOUT 6-FT AND I DID NOT KNOW THAT IT WAS SICK WHEN I BOUGHT IT IT HAS LOST HALF ITS BODY WEIGHT HE IS WEAZZING AND WONT EAT I TOOK HIM TO THE VET2 TIMES AND THEY GAVE ME FORTAZ FOR INJECTIONS IT HAS NOT HELPED AND SO FAR THE VET BILL HAS COST ME $550.00 I AM ABOUT OF MONEY AND PATIENCE WITH THE VET THIS IS THE 2ND VET NOW THEY BOTH SAY IT IS A LUNG INFECTION I HAVE 4 OTHER SNAKES AND I CANNOT HAVE MY OTHER SNAKES GETTING SICK I HAVE THEM SEPERATED FROM THE SICK SNAKE I READ BUTATROL CAN HEALP IF SO HOW IS IT GIVIN



12/21/08  09:31pm

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 Sick red tail

it seems like a really bad RI....Try this put gatorade in the water the electrolytes will help stimulate an appetite...after that remove water so that it dosent push the infection further down. raise ambient temp by about 5 degrees.if the vets say its a lung infection then it means the RI has done moved pretty far down..if not takin care of may cause mouth rot... try that then may work may not..


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01/20/09  04:39pm

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  Message To: Reptilecraze   In reference to Message Id: 1935860


 Sick red tail

I am going through a crises with my common Boa too. 15 year old male. He has had what we thought was an upper respiratory infection starting 2 months ago. After his doctor put him on 1 antibiotic we saw small improvements. Easier to breath, less sounds when breathing. But this was not the end. He did not get back to his old self and was put on an oral and one inject-able antibiotic. After a total of 62 day of meds we though he seemed much better but not 100%.

I took him out of his cage 3 nights ago and he was not well. Pale in color, not moving. Not breathing well. Took him to exotic animal hospital where he has been for 2.5 days. They think he has Pneumonia. Ex ray shows fluid in lungs and a lot of mucus in throught They have him on 2 antibiotics now and are using a nubulizer to get some steam in his lungs to break everything up. His blood work shows iron poor blood.


The doctor is trying to help me find out how this is happening. Causing this in the first place. She mentioned the rats I am getting for him. She asked if they were sick when I fed him last. I told her that sometimes I have heard a rat sneeze but I did not think that was an issue. She said that is was and that I should get a rat cage an quarantine the rats for one week before feeding. Holy crap. Then she asked what do I use to clean his cage. I use a light reptile alcohol solution. Wipe it down and let it evaporate before he enter the cage again. Bleach in the water bowl, which it a food grade plastic 400 pan. Always well rinsed before put back. Now purchasing a stainless steel one to replace the plastic one even though it is food grade plastic.


He is in a 4 foot by 4 foot custom enclosure. I have 2- 100 watt ceramic heaters and one 100 foot heat cable that I put under his news paper to keep the floor 74 degrees.
The specialist said that floor heating is not good due to the snakes inability to judge heat from the belly. Can cook his organs she said??

Where do you get your rats? Does anyone quarantine the rats before feeding to determine their health?

I have just started stunning the rats, but before he did get bit once. I now know that this must be done.

I take great care with my "ambassador of the reptiles", he means everything to me. I have had him for 11 years.

Wish me luck. I am at $1,000.00+ right now in bills and miss my buddy.
A.



12/03/09  07:26pm


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