My snake survived cancer

Post by Brian Samsun

Reptiles, which includes snakes develop cancer just like humans and mammals do. The number of reports on the net is nearly non current with most tumours only diagnosed at time of autopsy. Tumours of snakes can be benign or malignant and originate from any organ or tissue of the body, like blood. Tumours are abnormal growths in the physique and created up of additional cells. Typically, old cells die, and new ones take their location. Occasionally, nonetheless, this process goes incorrect. New cells form even when they aren’t needed, and old cells don’t die when they must. When these additional cells form a mass, it is referred to as a tumour.Tumours can be either benign or malignant. Benign tumours are not cancer and grow only in one spot. They cannot spread or invade other components of the body. Even so, they can be dangerous if they press on important organs. A benign tumour can be removed surgically with fantastic achievement. A malignant tumour is cancer – the rapidly uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells anywhere in a body. Often, cancer cells can break away from the original mass of cells, travel through the blood and lymph systems, and lodge in other organs exactly where they can once again repeat the uncontrolled growth cycle. This method of cancer cells leaving an location and growing in an additional body region is termed metastatic spread or metastatic disease. There are over 200 kinds of cancers most can fit into the following categories according to the National Cancer InstituteCarcinoma: Cancer that starts in the skin or in tissues that line or cover body organsSarcoma: Cancer that starts in bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels, or other connective or supportive tissueLeukemia: Cancer that starts in blood-forming tissue such as the bone marrow and causes large numbers of abnormal blood cells to be produced and enter the bloodLymphoma and myeloma: Cancers that start in the cells of the immune systemAfter a two month search I have not found a single documented case of a snake that survived cancer. This is really sad, I dont know if the purpose is because owners are not prepared to spend for the surgery that carries no guarantee or due to the fact owners are suggested that euthanization is the only selection. Regardless of the factors, I am right here to tell you that my 12+ year old Californian King snake survived malignant carcinoma cancer and I hope that this will inspire you to give your snake a second opportunity. April 2011 I located my Californian King Snake – Storm, with her mouth open wide and working something up from her stomach. I sat by her although she did this and immediately after an hour she threw up a ball of clear water, it had the consistency of jelly.I took her to a vet that was close to my Avian vet and he diagnosed her with gastroenteritis, he mentioned that she was bloated and had a lot of gas. He prescribed Baytril that I had to administer with a tube for 9 days. This perked her up and she ate and defecated as standard in Might. Our winter months are June and July and it is standard for my snakes to slow down and enter a semi-hibernating state for the duration of this time. Nevertheless, I was still worried about her and took her back to the vet in June for blood tests and it came back standard. After this she retreated to her skull and stayed there by means of July. Throughout this time I attempted to take her out a couple of instances but she refused to show herself. On the 26th of July I sat with her and tickled her for almost an hour, forcing her to come out of the skull. When she emerged I saw that the bloating of the valuable time where present again except that it was much worse this time. I took her to Terrace Road Veterinary Clinic where Dr. Shabeer Bhoola examined her. He did an x-ray and found a tumour. Dr. Shabeer explained to me that her age was counting against her and that there was no guarantee that she would survive if he removed the tumour. In my thoughts surgery was the only choice, I could not let her go without realizing that I did every thing potential. She was booked for surgery the following day. Shabeer took a biopsy and sent it to the lab, he 1st wanted to figure out whether or not the tumour was affecting her spine or liver(?) On the 28th of July he effectively removed the tumour that was in her intestines and sent it off to IDEXX Laboratories. Photographs of the tumour and Lab Report: Storm came home on the 29th of July 2011.&gt She defecated normal on the 2nd of August 2011.&gt Went in for an examination on the 4th of August 2011 and everything looked regular. Dr. Shabeer was really impressed that she defecated. I was only allowed to offer her food right after she has shed or the finish of August.&gt 24 August 2011 Storm’s eyes became cloudy. &gt 27 August 2011 Storm was stuck in her shedding but it was nothing to be concerned about.&gt 28 August 2011 Storm ate 2 rats.&gt 2nd of September 2011 she defecated once more. &gt 22nd of September 2011 the stitches had been removed. Video of the vet appointments.