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Posted by GyrFalcon on April 17, 2003 at 08:56:30:
In Reply to: Re: What can I do? posted by Skyz on April 16, 2003 at 22:20:26:
However, there are different types of uri's. It could be bacterial, it could be viral, but you need to know what it is before treating. Scenario: A ball python (of course) came into my vet hospital, with what appeared to be a URI, wheezing, foaming, open mouth breathing. Well, one of the vets took a culture and sent it in to the lab even before treating. It came back as something (cannot pronounce it) that normal antibiotics (baytril, amikacin) wouldn't have been able to treat.
If you just start throwing drugs at a snake without knowing what the real problem is, you could end up with something that is antibiotic-resistant, and then you have much bigger problems...
:I've suggested to my vet if anything else could be causing them to be sick and he says no its URI. They are hacking up stuff all over there cages and even on the meds they never "fully" improved. And as soon as the meds were done they begain going down hill again. I will call my vet and ask him if he will do the culture though...