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MY snake,a 45 lbs Colombian red tail boa- 15 years old- is

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MY snake,a 45 lbs Colombian red tail boa- 15 years old- is being treated with ceftriaxone for a tooth/mouth issue- Culture and Sensitivity were obtained- awaiting results- at the vet a small tooth was sticking out and we pulled it-
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the snake's name?
Customer: Tishamingo
JA: Huh?
Customer: Its a name we took from a movie
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Customer: She has a small blister on the side of her body- only one - her eyes are clouding over as if she is going to shed which is typical and has been a while since she shed- 6mos- could the blister be a reaction to the antibiotic?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Chris replied 1 year ago.

Hi there. My name is***** will do my best to help with your question.

​Would you be able to upload a photo on here to give me a better idea of the blister? You can use the little paperclip button to upload a photo from your computer.

Roughly how far down her body is the blister, if the tip of her 'nose' is 0% and the end of her tail is 100%, and 50% is her exact middle? Do you recall if this was approximately the region that the vet gave the injection?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am at work right now therefore cannot take a picture. It is approx 50% down from her nose on the left lateral side of her body...
appx quarter sized maybe slightly larger. I did not notice any other blisters however she was slightly upset becuase I had just given her the injection of ceftriaxione (I am a nurse).
It is not at the region where the injections have been given- they have been around 25-30% from her nose
Expert:  Dr Chris replied 1 year ago.

Okay, sure. Does it appear fluid filled, or more like an air pocket?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We are thinking she may have hurt her mouth either on her last feed or in her enclosure...the tooth that came out was very clean looking and there was no odor or discoloration inside her mouth when examined- she has not had audible respirations, or open mouth breathing.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Fluid like-
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
But to be honest I am not 100% sure it was fluid filled- I can take a picture in the morning--
Expert:  Dr Chris replied 1 year ago.

Okay. That would be good.

​Just in general, snakes can develop an imaginatively named condition called "blister disease" which can be due to a whole range of factors, including excessive enclosure dampness, burns, infection, skin infections, mites, bite wounds. If there is only one small blister and it is round and discrete, it would be worthwhile waiting and monitoring until the snake sheds as you may find it resolved with the shed. If it is still there or if you find new ones during that time, then further investigation and specific management of the likely contributors can be done.

But I'll let you know if your photo gives me any other ideas.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Excellent- I will follow up with the vet tomorrow as well but my nature is to worry and research as much as I can asap.. therefore
I will take the pic and send to you as well.
Expert:  Dr Chris replied 1 year ago.

Okay. Sounds good!