I’m getting imports soon [very small snake species, less than 12in] and with vets being strange right now due to covid I’m looking at home treatment using a general dewormer.
Anyone with experience tell me if this dosage is correct?
I have lots of experience with giving medications and have all the supply to administer it. Going to be using a 1mm thick tubing and syringe for this most likely. Unless they are willing to eat then I’ll just inject it in their food.
Here is the best advice I can give you - DO NOT treat the animals immediately!!
Get them in. Get them settled. Get them hydrated and feeding. They have made it up to this point in their lives dealing with parasites, they can wait a little longer until they have recovered first. Once you have done that, then get fecal samples and have them tested. There is no point in needlessly treating the animals since it is going to stress them more.
If the fecal shows signs of worms, then I would reach out to a reptile specific vet and confirm dosage that way. I know from experience that the dosage for Ivermectin in reptiles is different than in mammals so that may be the case with this as well.
I planned on waiting awhile and only treating if they showed any signs of parasites [weight loss, obvious worms in poo, loose stool, ect]. I’ve been lucky so far with previous imports and never had parasite issues.
I could get in very hot water for giving any specific advice so I have to refrain. But I will say that getting dosages off the internet, even from Kaplan, isn’t ideal. There is a certain formulary that is considered the bible of exotic vet med pharmacology, but it’s really only useful in the hands of someone who knows how to use it and how the drugs work.
If you have what’s considered a ‘herd’ of animals your vet may make a plan to work with you using a ‘herd health’ approach. This involves training the client and their employees (if applicable) to recognize signs of illness, perform their own testing, and administer certain treatments. This is how animals in agriculture are treated, and that is the way to maintain the legally required VPCR (vet-pet-client relationship) without having a vet examine each individual animal (though they certainly can when pertinent). Legalities regarding this approach vary from state to state.
Additionally, there are many ways to perform fecal tests. The kind you can do at home, unless you have a centrifuge, is a fecal float. Generally, they are far less accurate than the types of fecals typically performed when samples are sent to an outside laboratory. A fecal float is better than nothing- it’s decent, and can sometimes detect a few parasites that don’t typically show up with other methods. Just keep in mind that it’s an outdated tool that is only useful to the rigorously trained eye. Perhaps that is something that your reptile (not cat & dog or large animal) veterinarian could help train you in. Just make sure you don’t expect them to do so for free- they have to keep the lights on too. Trust me bro, I got a scholarship for my excellence in parasitology.