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Posted by Dryguy on April 17, 2003 at 17:51:27:
Sorry, I've out of town and working too much...Here's the final points I've just gotten from my vet(Kevin Fitzgerald of APL "Emergency Vets" fame..the tall, gray haired goofy looking guy)
I'm doing this off of notes from our phone conversation yesterday...I'll hit high points and try for a summary...
Autopsy: Only abnormality was some bruising of the oviduct that he thought he caused during treatment(lubrication + stimulation with vasotosin and/or oxytocin)...No sign of sepsis, etc..
He thinks she final died of kidney failure due to the size of the blocking egg not allowing her to pass feces/urine (urate build up)
Said the blocking egg, (which he decompressed to half original size with needle aspiration) still was enormous...He also thinks it is still being calcified while in the oviduct..Said there were significant "fibrin" products attached to the egg..The 2 eggs behind it looked normal to him by the way...He has pictures for me of the autopsy...
Consultation with Doug Mader, Lou Gillette, Hobart Smith, etc:
Mader: Do not "milk " the ggs out!! (I had already done this) He thinks the risk of ovduct rupture is too high..
Vasotosyn is structurally more similar to the reptilian version of uterine stimulant than oxytosyn, but no convincing proof that it is better in snakes at producing the desired result..(KF is now keeping vasotosyn in his pharmacy for me)
Variable's in the equation: Temp? Humidity? No consensus on how they should be used or manipulated...
Consensus: A DIFFERRENT hide box for laying is essential..I don't understand why scientifically, so don't ask...But KF felt so strongly about this(after consultation) that he went to the Denver Zoo and had them make one for me...He's going to give it to me at no charge(He knows he has to take care of the other 15 female Dry's I have, if there's a problem again!!) I'll let you all know what it is and how to make after I pick it up...
Questions: Why the good eggs before the bad and 2 normals behind them? No answer..
Ovocentesis and risk of yolk peritonitis?? (He thinks is very small) but no consensus...
1)Don't wait, after 24 hrs get them to your vet or provide treatment if you can with calcium supplementation, lubrication of ovidut/GI tract
2) thru 10) See above!!
11)Xray to see where the eggs are and how many..relative size, etc
12)48 hr try of vasotosyn or oxytocin(after egg aspiration!)..
13) If no success with above, get the damn things out!!!... operatively if necessary..
(His opinion is that actual operation for removal has a very high risk of rendering them unable to concieve/deliver again...)
I hope this helps you all...I'm still very bummed, but if it helps the rest of you, then I guess it is worth it...
I hope this makes some sense..I'm very tired, sorry for all the gramatical errors, but I don't feel like proofong it!!
Feel free to e-mail personally for any clarifiaction or post them back to the forum for all and I will answer as soon as possible..
In the mean time, if anybody has a spare or leftover female....Carl