She has a gram-negative bacterial infection of unknown origin. I started a round of 4 injections of Amakacin yesterday. I'm now trying Snakelady's technique of just reaching in the cage, giving her the shot, and getting out of there. Last time we did shots (when I rescued her she had acute pneumonia) I'd get her out and have 2 other people help me restrain her... lots of struggling and unease that I'm trying to avoid this time.
She hasn't been back in her soak-tub since I hauled her to the vet last week. It's still in place, full of fresh clean water, but she's staying in her hide. Her blushing pink belly is already lessening. The first few days you could actually see the capillaries in her scales, looked like little red lightning bolts. Now she's just a light pink all over her belly. The spot where my vet cut a wedge off a scale has a big scab on it, THAT'S going to leave a scar. The poor dear.

I suspect she got the bacterial infection from laying in her water too long, perhaps she peed in there and then laid in it for a couple of days. I'll probably never know. My plan to prevent it in the future is not allow soaking any longer than 48 hours maximum. She's VERY well hydrated and I want her to stay that way, but not at the risk of septicemia!
fr0glet
I'm glad to hear that she recovers.
Anna
She's VERY well hydrated and I want her to stay that way, but not at therisk of septicemia! fr0glet

fr0glet,
Septicemia...is that what it was diagnosed with? If so, soaking in its water dish wouldn't be a cause. Septicemia (blood poisoning) will (usually) arise from infections in the lungs, abdomen, or urinary tract. It may precede or coincide with infections of the bone. Although on rare occasions including infections throughout the body.
If it is indeed Septicemia, you MUST first determine how it was contracted, as Septicemia is usually secondary to some other factor(s).

Soaking in a water dish, even when dirty from *** or urates can cause skin infections, but only under extremely haphazard/filthy conditions, and definitely with time periods longer than 48 hours.

Has it been bitten by a rodent by any chance? I have been reading some studies that, although inconclusive, some researchers believe that such bites can indeed lead to Septicemia.
In regards to reducing "bowl" time for your short-tail; these are extreme lovers of such high humidity that the extended soaking times are a great benefit as they do indeed dehydrate extremely easily.

If this is not a alternative you wish to take, try (funds allowing) installing a misting system in the tank. Set the mist for extremely fine, and set it for 15 seconds every hour during daylight hours.

Good luck and keep us updated.
~Wade
She's VERY well hydrated and I want her to stay that way, but notat the

risk of

septicemia!

fr0glet, Septicemia...is that what it was diagnosed with?

No, she was diagnosed with a gram-negative aerobic bacteria of unknown origin. Her belly scales appeared flushed very pink, that was the only symptom. A complete blood count as well as a tissue sample were submitted for analysis.
I said "not at the risk of septicemia" as a comment about the potentiality for any bacterial infection to become septic.
Soaking in a water dish, even when dirty from *** or urates cancause skin infections, but only under extremely haphazard/filthy conditions,and definitely with time periods longer than 48 hours.

I guess it could be called a "skin infection" as it was her scales that appeared flushed, but they were totally healthy scales undamaged in any way. They just looked pink. They are already less pink.
Has it been bitten by a rodent by any chance?

Nope, no chance. She eats thawed jumbo rats. Feeding live rodents is against my house rules.
In regards to reducing "bowl" time for your short-tail; these areextreme lovers of such high humidity that the extended soaking times are agreat benefit as they do indeed dehydrate extremely easily.

I know. I've posted this very sentiment. I think of her as a swamp snake and treat her accordingly. When I got her, she had acute pneumonia and was severely dehydrated. I've always let her soak as much as she wants, sometimes for days at a time. My initial fear is that her bacterial infection could have been caused by this. She also has a large moist hide (a kitty carrier with moist spagnum moss on the floor) where she spends the rest of the time. The only time she's not in her moist hide or her water dish, she's out poking around for a rat to be tossed her way.
installing a misting system in the tank.

I have a misting system in the tank, on a timer. Her humidity floats between 70-90%. My humidifier died, but I got another inexpensively by purchasing a home ultrasonic humidifier from a thrift store (same place I got the last one).
fr0glet
She has a gram-negative bacterial infection of unknown origin. I started a round of 4 injections of Amakacin yesterday. I'm ... 2 other people help me restrain her... lots of struggling and unease that I'm trying to avoid this time. fr0glet

Poor girl! I hope this technique works for you. Keep us updated!

Jennifer
Poor girl!

Do you mean Fr0glet, or Saba?
-Z
Poor girl!

Do you mean Fr0glet, or Saba? -Z

Sabba of course! The fastest way to get a sympathetic shoulder and a hug out of Jenn is tell her the woes of your pets!

fr0glet
Poor girl!

Do you mean Fr0glet, or Saba? -Z

Both actually. I know neither one is going to enjoy those shots. :-/

Jennifer
What crappy luck:^( I've had my Borneos for almost 20 yrs & they've never been sick. Keep me posted. The aminoglycosides are rough on the kidneys so keep him/her well hydrated. snake lady
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