Just got back from the vet. He has regained some movement, and has not lost weight, even though he hasn't eaten since December.

One eye is dilating, the other barely dilates and appears a bit boggly.

We're trying him on Amikacin to see if it works, after a week I'm going to take him back in again.
If it becomes apparant that his neuro damage is not going away, but he starts eating again, I'm seriously thinking about putting him up for adoption rather than putting him down.
-cat
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Just got back from the vet. He has regained some movement, and has not lost weight, even though he hasn't ... but he starts eating again, I'm seriously thinking about putting him up for adoption rather than putting him down. -cat

Why would you pass on a defective snake?
Put down the animal if the injury warrants.
Be responsible, make the decision with your brain, not your heart.

If the quality of life is significantly diminished, the snake should not be put through the pain and anguish just to make a human being feel as if they are trying to do the proper thing.
Good Luck!
Jim Smith

Blaming the gun for murder, is like blaming the car for hit and run!
Just got back from the vet. He has regained some ... him up for adoption rather than putting him down. -cat

Why would you pass on a defective snake? Put down the animal if the injury warrants. Be responsible, make the ... thing. Good Luck! Jim Smith Blaming the gun for murder, is like blaming the car for hit and run!

If you read through my post at all, you would have noticed I said IF HE EATS then I would put him up for adoption. I've seen much worse than him get adopted out, thanks.
-cat
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Why would you pass on a defective snake? Put down ... murder, is like blaming the car for hit and run!

If you read through my post at all, you would have noticed I said IF HEEATS then I would put him up for adoption. I've seen much worse than him get adopted out, thanks.

Eating doesn't mean he'll be fine. And there's no need to follow other peoples bad examples.
Anna
What determines defective, are you defective? who makes that decision? Nobody that walks the earth, I can tell you that.

Personaly I think it takes a bit of both to make a wise decission. We have had many injured animals come to our house, ones most people would have put down, but we took the time to heal them and they turned out to be great pets that lived a long happy life. Doing whatever you can do for an animal is nothing to be ashamed of, even if the outcome is not what you desire.
Eating doesn't mean he'll be fine. And there's no need to follow other peoples bad examples.

Neither does a lot of factors, they are just that, factors in an overall situation, I think ChaosCat has the knowledge to make that decision, don't you? In fact I see no evidence in her post that suggested she wanted an opinion from anyone in the group.
Why would you pass on a defective snake? Put down ... as if they are trying to do the proper thing.

If you read through my post at all, you would have noticed I said IF HE EATS then I would put him up for adoption.

I also feel the strong concern about the snake's quality of life. I know some people feel that life is of the utmost value even if it includes being force-fed and being all herky-jerky all over.
My mother had all her Oregon assisted suicide program paperwork filled out the week she died of cancer. I guess I'm of that school of thought, too. If life sucks, why live it?
I've seen much worse than him get adopted out, thanks.

Like what?
fr0glet

"You cannot be an objective scientist if you have an agenda." ~The Madman
I also feel the strong concern about the snake's quality of life. I know some people feel that life is ... the week she died of cancer. I guess I'm of that school of thought, too.If life sucks, why live it?

I've seen much worse than him get adopted out, thanks.

Like what?

Not in PNHS, but I've had a few friends adopt snakes with serious kinks in their spines, broken bones, missing tails. One did have neurological problems-could not move very well. In all cases, they still ate and did not appear to be in any pain.
Now it seems like no one is reading my post thouroughly. I state IF HE IS EATING WELL I will adopt him out. If I cannot get him to eat ON HIS OWN then I will euthanize him.
Next time, please read the whole post, thanks.
-cat
What determines defective, are you defective? who makes that decision? Nobody that walks the earth, I can tell you that. ... can do for an animal is nothing to be ashamed of, even if the outcome is not what you desire.

Eating doesn't mean he'll be fine. And there's no need to follow other peoples bad examples.

Neither does a lot of factors, they are just that, factors in an overall situation, I think ChaosCat has the ... In fact I see no evidence in her post that suggested she wanted an opinion from anyone in the group.

Thanks. I'm glad someone here had the time to read through my entire post and not just skip to the "good stuff" to have an excuse to poke me with the virtual sharp stick.
Funny, how when I first posted about the problem, everyone jumped on me about NOT euthanizing him. Now you all (except Josh here, so far) are jumping on me about keeping him alive. Nice to know where everyone stands.

-cat
Did you ever find out what caused the injury?
Roger
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