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.
caz2golden: On walk today saw a dead branch hanging from a tree over a road. Probably been there a while but have not noticed before! Who do you report it too, tree would be owned by whoever has the field but the branch is over highway?
Sept 5, 2017 20:21:08 GMT
lotsofcats: I would report it to the local council's highway department.
Sept 6, 2017 12:51:54 GMT
caz2golden: sick of poor weather
Sept 10, 2017 14:09:19 GMT
scallywag: chucking it down here
Sept 11, 2017 13:00:00 GMT
caz2golden: Had the drizzle etc yesterday, today was windy which has blown a load of young Manx Shearwaters onto the beaches Dumped a load on the beach cleaner (think we were up to 10 birds) and then I found another so took that to a place of safety!
Sept 11, 2017 16:20:30 GMT
alfiemummy: I've been very lucky today - it chucked it down but only during my lunchtime!
Sept 11, 2017 17:19:03 GMT
scallywag: That was when I got soaked thru thunder hail and lots of heavy rain , Beau was dragging me home LOL
Sept 12, 2017 19:15:41 GMT
lotsofcats: We had very high winds during the night and I slept through it all but if Kobi had barked just once I would immediately be awake.
Sept 13, 2017 12:49:30 GMT
caz2golden: We had the same here Lotsofcats, except I was awake for fair part of it. We had intermittent power cuts too. Felt sorry for the raw pet food delivery man the next morning who was probably coming across a lot of downed trees etc.
Sept 15, 2017 11:07:04 GMT
caz2golden: Frustrating here today, one moment looks lovely but before you have chance to go out it is overcast and drizzling again. Must find weather window for a dog walk!
Sept 15, 2017 11:08:13 GMT
scallywag: It was lovely and sunny here till 2pm then just as I was also getting ready to take Beau out it chucked it down and still is My washing did manage to get dried thou
Sept 15, 2017 14:41:31 GMT
caz2golden: Was ok here today. Dogs enjoyed zoomies session on grass at end of lead walk today, even Sophie tried to join in, making me have to run to encourage her to run too! Madness! Only sorry I could not video it.
Sept 18, 2017 22:17:57 GMT
scallywag: Me toooo would like to see you running about Caz
Sept 19, 2017 10:38:25 GMT
caz2golden: Should have seen me today trying to keep Sophie on course on the beach! lol
Sept 19, 2017 20:00:24 GMT
caz2golden: Back to being drowned rat at work! Now home and warming up.
Sept 20, 2017 14:05:39 GMT
scallywag: What about today Caz it looked to be very wet over there in the West , we have had sunshine here with a breeze , clouding over now but then we are due rain around 5pm onwards
Sept 21, 2017 14:18:37 GMT
scallywag: Did you all get my PM ?
Sept 21, 2017 14:19:00 GMT