Harvard Reginald Winston the first of her name finally got a damn vet appointment today after a small scare on the 14th. I came home after work and saw he mouth slightly open and when i picked her up she had a bit of drool on her mouth. PANIC MODE OMG CALL THE VET.
Called the vet, scheduled appointment.
Got in today!!
first off, she was very upset that i uncermoniously placed her in a pillowcase. V MAD BB.
Got there and the vet tech weighed her and we removed her from the bag. She IMMEDIATELY zooms straight for me and climbs atop my shoulder where she decides all is safe and its ok to calm tf down.
Vet guy comes in and asks whats wrong and i give him the low down. He takes a look in her mouth and immediately says he sees not sign of a respiratory infection- no inflammation, redness, or excess mucus around the glottis or in the mouth. I show him the pic (after an awkward minute of me searching through the 700 snake pictures i have and me apologizing that i have so many pictures and him laughing and agreeing i do have sooo many)
anyhow he looks at it and is puzzled and he tells me hes gonna take her in the back to get a fecal and he does.
He comes back and tells me the fecal looks good and he thinks there could be two possibilities:
1. She got aspen stuck in her mouth. Just like @equagga said
2. She’s a really old snake and she might have arthritis!!!
and im like OH MY GOD WILL PEOPLE PLEASE STOP TELLING ME SHES OLD BECAUSE IT MAKES ME WANT TO CRY EVERY DAMN TIME
and dammit i just realized i forgot to ask how he know shes old and now im mad at myself.
anyhow, he said to keep an eye on it. If it does happen again we will see about doing xrays and getting her on meloxicam.
Im hoping it was a one time thing because if i have to start giving her frequent shots our relationship is not going to be very positive from here on out and as of right now she seems to associate me with safety. I literally started tearing up when she decided to climb me and calm down. Ultimate trust and i feel so good about it.