Hey everyone, I’ve been dealing with an ill BP and wanted somewhere to voice my concerns to other people who might be able to offer some advice.
So in May I bought my first BP from a well liked seller on Morph Market and was looking forwards to receiving her as not too long before I had unfortunately lost my baby sand boa. Everything seemed fine with the seller, except his replies became increasingly slow. I just made the assumption that he was busy and didn’t question it.
She finally arrived and looked pretty healthy, so I put her in her enclosure and was about to leave her to settle when she did a huge yawn. I watched her from a distance as she sat with her head outside her hide, and she proceeded to yawn some more. I stupidly didn’t message the seller immediately, hoping that she was just stressed or had recently eaten, but she continued doing it up to 10 times a day for the next few days so I messaged him, but he left me on read and hasn’t contacted me since.
She wasn’t showing any other signs of an infection at the time, but I took her to the vets regardless just to be safe. A swab was sent off for testing and she had a course of injections. The results came back negative, so the vet told me to just keep an eye on her and come back if I began seeing mucous. Fast forward to a week ago, I began seeing bubbles pop in her mouth when she yawned, and upon opening her mouth there was a couple of thin strands, so we made another appointment and took her in. The vet reckons that because there was no mucous when he did the swab it missed whatever they were testing for, and he taught me how to inject her myself so I can treat her at home, although we still don’t know what type of infection it is. The medication is for bacterial infections, but I worry that if it is something else we could be wasting time.
She still has a great appetite thankfully, but watching her yawn and strain so often worries me sick. I admittedly have pretty severe anxiety so I could be overreacting, but the thought of losing her so soon after my boa breaks me. Does anyone have any advice for what I should do or have and similar experiences to this? I don’t know if I should try and talk to the seller again either because it’s been quite some time since she came into my care, and he didn’t seem like he wanted to know. Thanks in advance.