Some of you may remember Butters, my ball python that has been having swelling issues with her jaw.
She went in for another vet visit on Monday, and the vet said the following:
- He believes the infection is now gone, and the lumps are scar tissue that will get smaller over time
- He is now wanting to get her to eat again, since she’s been off food for about a month and a half (not something I’m personally concerned about, she’s still a very healthy weight and hasn’t lost any significant weight)
- He gave us an oral antibiotic that boosts appetite, and wants us to offer her food every other day to see if that entices her.
- If she continues to refuse food, then he wants to try a different antibiotic to make sure the infection is gone.
- Then he suggested possibly resorting to assist/force feeding, which I thought was completely ridiculous. That’s a super last resort thing and she’s nowhere near needing that sort of treatment.
MY suspicions are that she’s simply off food due to the breeding season, as I am often finding her cruising around the front of her tub looking around. She shies away from food though, so it’s not that she’s looking for… I think she just wants a male!
I brought this up to the vet and he agreed, but seemed hesitant on trying to pair her up with a male. Reasonable, but I’ve also been told that females won’t go and lay eggs if they don’t feel like they can handle it.
Someone else I was talking to about it said that the scar tissue needs to be removed. He thinks that she won’t be able to eat properly with the scar tissue on her jaw. However, she’s eaten before with the lumps and did just fine, so I’m having my doubts on that. She only gets fed small rats weekly, nothing bigger.
I feel overwhelmed right now and am freaked out, as I’m getting very conflicting information from people that I trust. I just want what’s best for Butters, and I really like the vet I’m seeing for her (he was nice enough to waver the visit fees and the cost for the medication since we’ve been bringing her in so much for this issue)
What do you guys think? What would be the best course of action here? Go with what the vet says, or should I be doing something different?