I thought I'd do a thread on Eddy's medical issue, she's suffering from some form of Oedema which may be the result of a poorly functioning heart. It's not certain if this is a genetic or congenital issue, she's 3 years old now and this is a pretty new issue for her so the vet and I are uncertain if this will be a life-long issue for her but for now she's on Frusol. Interestingly, this is a loop diuretic and in mammals would take effect in the loop of henle in the kidneys, but reptile kidneys don't posses a loop of henle as they have an alternate means of water conservation, despite this the medication still seems to work.
She's been on the medication for 4 days now and it seems to be working! I noticed after the first dose she passed quite a lot of water so the medication is certainly doing its job, and now it's physically evident with the way Eddy's neck no longer swells with the excess fluid. Very happy with the results!
She's got another week and 2 days to go of medications, after that it's wait and see if the problem returns, if it does then she'll have to be medicated for life. A short video I made of her after she had her dinner and medicine.
A quick update, she was on her medication for one week and one day. I decided to stop medicating as she was starting to seem unusually complaisant. She'd not grip when I picked her up (although she is often laid back with handling anyway) and didn't put up much resistance while medicating which rang alarm bells for me (especially since the medication was off license for use with reptiles). It's been about a week off medication and she seems perkier now. The fluid hasn't seemed to build back up but I'll give it more time and keep observing, so far though things are looking good!
There can be no doubt now that Eddy is back on top form. I saw her trying to get out of her viv so I open the door and she comes zooming out, stretching towards me. I position my arm towards her so she can climb on but instead she smells a mammalian scent on my clothes and immediately tries to eat it, very typical Eddy behaviour. Realising she can't eat my arm she turns her attention to a pile of clothes which she smells with interest, meanwhile I'm stroking her back and she's not the least bit concerned, she was getting slightly flinchy while I was medicating her but is back to being totally unconcerned about being touched again. She's due a feed and I'll be picking her dinner up tomorrow
So far things are still looking good, we got what we wanted from the medication after that week so with her seeming a little lacking in energy I didn't see the point in taking risks and continuing for another week. She's a little hard to determine if somethings up with her because she's so quirky, snakes usually grip you like they would a branch when you pick them up so they don't fall but Eddy quite often lounges on my arm and trusts that I won't drop her, so it's hard to tell if she's listless or super relaxed at times. Also snakes usually don't like being stroked but Eddy will let me pet her on the head and stroke her body so it's hard to tell if she's unresponsive or or simply doesn't mind. I can tell for certain how she is at dinner time by how much energy she puts into looking for food (she's usually a bundle of energy when she's hungry and knows food is around). Just like the other night when she decided to test my arm for edibility because she was so excited about dinner time.
Yesterday I saw her fully stretched out asleep in the open which worried me a little but then I remembered that it's Eddy, she's just comfortable with being out in the open and doesn't always hide like a normal snake would. I gave her a stroke and she just turned her head and looked at me, flicking her tongue enthusiastically so she was very responsive and the tongue flicking indicated she was alert and well so nothing to worry about.
scallywag: Yes all fine here Caz missed ya
Aug 27, 2018 8:07:03 GMT
lotsofcats: We have missed you! I hope you are back to stay.
Aug 30, 2018 9:30:32 GMT
caz2golden: The PC is still playing up so back when it is working would be best description
Aug 30, 2018 19:43:48 GMT
caz2golden: Another day where rain stops everything, I know I moaned when it got too hot, but this miserable weather is sending me round the bend!
Sept 8, 2018 12:35:33 GMT
scallywag: Ooo we had a lovely weekend weather wise , sorry you never , did that mean no work for you Caz ?
Sept 10, 2018 10:04:46 GMT
caz2golden: Both scallywag. I have been stood down at least once a week for last few weeks and had a few dismal days off too. Looks like tomorrow will be a wash out (due to work) and my next days off are when ex hurricane Helena is due to arrive
Sept 15, 2018 18:17:31 GMT
caz2golden: At the moment in middle of 5 days on, 2 days off, 6 days on, 1 day off, 5+ days on. This time of year though always lose a few days to weather. Grabbing what I can while I can, after-all I can have a break come mid Nov!!
Sept 15, 2018 18:22:12 GMT
scallywag: Un predictable then ? No luck with another job ?
Sept 15, 2018 18:26:17 GMT
caz2golden: I really should be looking! Problem is I enjoy what I do, just a shame it does not pay enough to live on!
Sept 18, 2018 16:34:25 GMT
scallywag: Shame . Enjoy it whilst you can , your a long time couped up in an office again
Sept 18, 2018 20:41:56 GMT
caz2golden: If only you could see the view from my place of work, no one would swap it Storm Bronagh has stopped work today! Could I cope being back in an office now !! I think I could get cabin fever! Then again to be dry, not too cold or hot is appealing!
Sept 20, 2018 19:55:17 GMT
Gillykat: I think I'll order some of those worming tablets for myself!!! Nemo has been bouncing around like Tigger on speed since I dosed him!!!
Oct 4, 2018 8:07:07 GMT
Oct 7, 2018 17:11:45 GMT
scallywag: Anyone listening to me ? i said hellooo days ago
Oct 10, 2018 22:48:56 GMT