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Old 01-05-18, 06:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pinworms/transporting in cold !

Hello all, there is a lot here as I am trying to be as descriptive as I can. Thank you.

I have a 2 yr ish old Tarahumara Mountain Boa, I recently brought him to a reptile swap as I knew a vet came from about 90 minutes from where I am there every 2 weeks, he had some dry skin on the top of his head that he checked out and gave him a normal checkup, everything was good. We did a fecal sample and he tested positive for pinworms, unfortunately.

He is eating, pooping, etc normally but he seems way overdue for his shed and seems to lose weight more quickly between meals than he used too. In a 4 day span he appeared to go from 772 grams to 583 grams, I was a little alarmed at first but he really didn't look or feel any smaller, wasn't acting any differently. I fed him that same day I weighed him and he ate just fine, let him digest his food for a few days and weighed him 6 days later....sure enough he is at 833 grams......so 772 grams on 12/13, 583 on 12/17, ate a 77 gram rat on 12/17 and on 12/23 he was 833 grams.

He lost a few lbs between 12/23 and when I fed him next on 12/29 where he weighed 825 grams, fed him 79 gram rat, weighed 890 on 1/2. Haven't weighed him yet today but will in a bit here.

He is in an AP T8 with a fairly constant temp of 60-70% throughout the enclosure and temps ranging from 85-90 on the warm side to 74-77 on the cool side from left to right. Aspen wood chip bedding.

I am bringing him back to the vet I saw at the swap a while back who is going to take another look at him and provide me some medication. I live in Chicago where it has been below 0 to 15F for the last 3 weeks and will be about 10F when I bring him tomorrow morning. I need to know how to transport him safely in these very cold temps. 20 minute or so drive, I know to keep car warm but what do you all use to transport your guys/gals in frigid temps?

Any advice on the pinworms would be greatly appreacited. I clean the cage very regularly, every 7-10 days as a full clean and spot clean thoroughly when I see poop/urate/urine. I'd say I'm OCD about it. Few photos of snake, enclosure and a snippet of my schedule of when I feed, how much he weighs, when he sheds, poops, etc.

Thanks!

EDIT: I could not upload my photos due to sizing, I will upload a OneDrive link in a minute here. Thanks again.

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Old 01-06-18, 12:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Pinworms/transporting in cold !

In terms of the pinworms, listen to the vet's advice. For transporting in the cold use a styrofoam cooler, and line it with a couple hand warmers. Put the snake in a snake bag inside the cooler and you will be okay for short term transport.
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In terms of the pinworms, listen to the vet's advice. For transporting in the cold use a styrofoam cooler, and line it with a couple hand warmers. Put the snake in a snake bag inside the cooler and you will be okay for short term transport.
The vet prescribed some oral medication (will send name over later when I get home) that I need to provide via a syringe 3 days in a row, 3 times with 7 day breaks in between. He provided first dosage of .5 mL and I was nervous about doing it myself but was able to do the second dosage just fine last night and he kept all .5 mL down.

This doesn't seem to bother him that much other than it may be a bit uncomfortable for him. He seems to be doing just fine but my question is can I feed him regularly on these meds or should I be waiting to feed him until after his treatments or when he is on 7 day breaks?

Only 7 more dosages! We can do this! Haha
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I would only attempt feeding every 1-2 weeks, but I doubt he will be interested. He will most likely suffer from minor weight loss, but should be fine. Continue to monitor weight, you're doing great so far. Like you said, it's best to offer food in that seven day break, since I highly doubt he will want food after an injection, but your welcome to try.
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I would only attempt feeding every 1-2 weeks, but I doubt he will be interested. He will most likely suffer from minor weight loss, but should be fine. Continue to monitor weight, you're doing great so far. Like you said, it's best to offer food in that seven day break, since I highly doubt he will want food after an injection, but your welcome to try.
I also only feed every 7-14 days. He will be on his normal schedule during his 7 day break but now I noticed he is about to go into the blue, likely tomorrow, so he also may not be in the mood to eat.

I just fed him his 3rd dose in 3 days, he definitely was not having it but got it all down. As soon as he felt some freedom from mine and my roommates grip he ripped away from us probably before he swallowed all of it and I noticed the smallest amount of medication come out of one of his nostrils (proper terminology?) it was a scary moment (really he seemed fine I just was being a panic) but a very small amount so I am hoping it is harmless. He went right back into his warm hide and curled up like normal after....hoping he is ok.
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Are you absolutely sure it was medication? It wouldn't be out of question that your snake developed a respiratory infection because of him being stressed.
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Are you absolutely sure it was medication? It wouldn't be out of question that your snake developed a respiratory infection because of him being stressed.
I am absolutely sure......white chalky substance, same consistency, I dabbes the tiny bit with my finger and smelt same as well. Undoubtedly the medication. It was only a very small amount and he seems perfectly fine, was just a scary moment for me.

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Okay, that's good then. Continue to keep a close eye, your doing great!
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