How do you administer fluid to a snake?
The most common site to administer SC fluids in snakes and lizards is the lateral body wall. In chelonians, SC fluids are generally administered in the inguinal/femoral space. Intraosseus (IO) fluids can be used in cases with moderate to severe dehydration.
What 3 routes of fluid administration are recommended for reptile patients that are critically ill or have moderate to severe dehydration?
Fluids can be administered intracoelomically, intravenously, or intraosseously for moderate to severe dehydration.
How do you give reptile fluids?
Administer subcutaneous fluids under the skin that overlies the scapula in lizards or the epaxial muscles of the body in snakes and lizards. Administer subcutaneous fluids under the skin overlying the humerus or femur in turtles and tortoises.
How do you take care of a dehydrated snake?
- Offer water or diluted electrolyte solutions such as sports drinks, Pedialyte or Ricelyte near the reptile’s head for easy, convenient drinking.
- Use an eyedropper or needle-less syringe to drip water onto the reptile’s snout. As the reptile licks the moisture off, continue offering drinks in this way.
Do snakes need injections?
Vaccines are not required for snakes. Your veterinarian may recommend blood tests, cultures, or X-rays to check for other diseases if the snake appears unhealthy. Like all pets, snakes should be examined at least annually, and a fecal examination, looking for parasites, should be part of every examination.
How do you treat a snake for internal parasites?
For parasitic infections, deworming medications are administered to the snake either orally or through injection. The type of parasite identified determines which drug is needed. Some parasite problems, such as cryptosporidiosis, may be difficult, if not impossible, to treat.
Why is my snake limp?
Changes in normal behaviors, such as loss of appetite, isolative behaviors, and discoloration along their underside, are all symptoms that merit a trip to your vet. Lethargy, limpness, and hazy eyes also indicate that your snake has a problem and could be dying.