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Old 08-09-03, 09:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Treat your snake before its too late!!!!

Listen up, I'm a snake lover, my favorite kind of a snake is an albino Burmese, I have several. They are family pets around this house. If you are a snake lover and own an albino Burmese make sure you take the right steps to keeping this magnificent creature healthy. Keep enough heat on them, snakes are cold blooded, they need heat around 96 degrees. and high humidity. They are a pet just like any other pet, if they get sick take care of them as you would yourself or a loved one. I recently had an albino Burmese die. I purchased her from someone when she was 2 1/2 years old and 10 ft long. She was awesome in color but the snake was extremely under fed, they said she just wouldn't eat. The first night in my house she eat two rats, I called the previous owner and told him that she was eating, we were both very happy. Not knowing that this was the last time she would take a meal. I found out that she had a respiratory infection so I turned up her heat, but it wasn't getting better. Baytril is too hard to get a hold of so I tried Tylan 200 .12cc's per lbs. The snake went under this treatment for a period of one week, evidently it was too late, the treatment was started too late. The snake died in my girlfriends lap. PLEASE, if you love your pets, any inkling that something is wrong get it taken care of immediately!
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I agree 100 percent. I know a lot of my friends wouldnt take there pet to the vet because they were either to lazy to find a reptile vet or they just didnt want to spend the money. If any of my animals were sick i would IMMEDIATLY take them to the vet. Just like people take there dogs and cats i would do the same. They are both living animals that we care for and love. Well said micha.
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Old 08-09-03, 10:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I hate stupid people like that. I've taken animals to the vet just suspecting that they are sick and it turned out to be nothing. I feelthey are a part of your family and will live a long time with you if you give it the proper care it needs and deserves.
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That's a very good post, micha. Although any pet lover would automatically do this without having to be reminded, these stories should be told for the people who think that RI's will just "go away" and that underfeeding their snakes will be ok.

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Thats a great post, very well said. I have a 13 foot albino burm and it kills me to hear about one that is sick.
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Very good post - as a Burm owner myself I shudder to think of what could happen if I didn't take him to the vet regularly. Thankfully, I have never had any RI with him. People who aren't willing to have their animals examined and treated do not deserve their pets. In many places this is against the law. I can't begin to tell you guys how much I've spent on my pets and rescues... All of it was money well-spent... even for the animals that didn't make it.
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Excellent post! So many problems could have been nipped in the bud if more keepers took new animals to the vet for a baseline exam, or called the vet at the first sign of an infection or problem.
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Very good post. I really cannot stand people that do not properly care for their pets...PATICULARLY snakes. That's such a shame that the infection was not caught soon enough, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I love burms, unfortunately they are illegal here, so, it angers me to see those that do have the privelage to own them to be so ignorant with their care.
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