Checkers is safe at home recovering from her surgery. She has one more appointment next month to have her staples removed, but otherwise she is on the road to healing up
Somewhat; in my personal experiences with egg-binding, I have found it best to provide them with a nesting box, keep a dark sheet over the enclosure and leave them be for about a week to allow them to try and pass the eggs on their own before intervening. Almost every time I have simply given my snakes a chance to pass the eggs on their own, they do so within a couple weeks without any issues.
If they haven’t passed any more eggs after a week, I do attempt to assist them w/ a warm water soak or gentle (but brief) massage. I have also aspirated eggs before with great success, but that is something that should only be done under the guidance of a qualified herpetoloculturist.
When I first began breeding and experienced egg-binding, I tried the “immediately go to the veterinarian” approach that is most often recommended; but honestly, after reflecting on my experiences over the years, I think the stress from the premature vet visit made the situation much worse, and by the time surgery was finally considered as a last resort, it was too late. Lesson learned.
Checkers carried a total of 15 slug eggs, 13 of which she was able to pass on her own over the first 10 days. Once she began refusing food and I noticed she was losing more weight and becoming weaker, that’s when I immediately scheduled her for surgery – emphasis on immediately schedueled for surgery. I didn’t waste any time with a separate visit for X-rays, calcium injections, oxytocin shots, etc… don’t wait. IMO, if a snake has not been able to pass the rest of their eggs after a couple weeks and they are refusing to eat and losing weight, opt for surgery because their time at that point is very limited.
All of that said, the “correct” action to take in cases like this is very circumstantial. I only speak on behalf of my own personal knowledge and experience and I am sure others would approach such matters differently. In the end, knowing your animals is key in finding an appropriate solution that gives you the greatest chance at saving them.