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Posted by carl3 on April 10, 2003 at 09:22:29:
In Reply to: Re: BLISTER DISEASE? posted by T.B on April 10, 2003 at 07:38:04:
Where can one find these medications listed below? and the hatchling (from WC parents) is extremely weak & covered with puss-filled bumps(whether parasites or blister disease), so is it hopeless to try and recover such a very small boa hatchling in such weak condition/just curious since the snake does not look like its going to make it and it may be just as well to not let it suffer. I am not a vet but it looks grim.
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:I have rehabbed a few cases with moderate blister disease on the ventral surface. All those situations were caused by husbandry issues, ie. overly damp and unclean substrate, sub-optimal temps. For all I used a combination of daily 20 minute soaks in a diluted betadine solution (weak tea colour) followed by gentle debridement, the removal of any dead and loose scales. After drying the animal a thin layer of Silvadene ointment (silver sulfadiazine) was applied. In the more pronounced cases there was a second daily application of Silvadene. The affected animals were kept on newspaper and recovered completely after a few sheds. I don't know about the fish connection for blister disease but feeder fish are notorious parasite vectors and some worms will appear as subcutaneous lumps. A small incision and removal of the worm is needed. I have had this situation with a few garter and ribbon snakes. Good luck.