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Bump and several cuts
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Old 11-18-2020, 09:55 PM   #11
iridescentfire
Update: I proceeded with betadine soaks and neosporin, the cuts got better and worse and better and worse. Never quite healing. He stopped eating, and visibly lost weight. He had his first ever bad shed, then another while I was waiting for my vet appointment at a new vet who was booked for almost a month out.
New vet still says the cuts aren't scale rot and seem to be healed, though scarred. Nothing in his tank could cause it since I have removed everything and even replaced his water bowl with a smooth bowl. He only had paper towel bedding and still got them.
Vet has said the scales and bad shed are not problematic, but he has a heart murmur and a tumor in his abdomen. I'm waiting for a quote, so I'm not sure what the cost will be. I will try heart meds (I need to give orally) and we will have an ultrasound and biopsy. I'm not sure about moving forward with surgery on the tumor.

Has anyone gone through with surgery for a tumor and/or put their snake on heart meds?
 
Old 11-18-2020, 09:57 PM   #12
iridescentfire
I should note that the vet stated the tumor location is likely why he's not eating.
 
Old 11-18-2020, 11:12 PM   #13
hypnoctopus
Is the tumor related to the little bump he had? Can you feel the tumor from the outside?

So sorry to hear he (and you!) are going through all this.
 
Old 11-19-2020, 01:38 AM   #14
iridescentfire
Thanks @hynoctopus, no the bump was on his tail before, this tumor is in his abdomen. I didn't try feeling it because I didn't want to distress him after being at the vet already, but the vet did say she could feel it when examining him.

I also forgot that there is fluid around his heart. The vet is recommending:
1) Bloodwork (of course)
2) Ultrasound + needle aspirate from mass
3) cytology from mass
4) fecal exam
5) heart meds to take home (pills)
6) draining the fluid around his heart
7) Option to biopsy his weird cuts, the vet thinks they are healing, but I don't think they are since it has been months and they don't look improved anymore.

Grand total: $1617.35
 
Old 11-19-2020, 02:26 AM   #15
hypnoctopus
Honestly, at 14 years old, I don't know how well he would even tolerate all of that vet work. If he was my snake, I would probably just leave him be, treat him like normal, and when it becomes apparent that he's really not doing well (usually indicated by consistent feeding refusal or regurges), I would euthanize him, sorry to say.
 

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