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    Help for wild garter

    Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum, and unfortunately am here because I have found what looks like a seriously injured garter. I found him 1 week ago, and he looked like he had been injured by a cat. His tail was chewed off below his cloaca, and he had several swollen scabs in the middle of his body. I gave him water and he drank A LOT. Since he already had scabs, I didn't clean the wounds (which now I'm thinking I should have removed the scabs and cleaned them out since this was most likely a cat bite). Put him on newsprint strips with a hidey long and a water dish. A week later, he is still alive, but now his sores are open and DEEP. They are about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way down his body, and seeping a bit. I can't tell if its through the snakes gut or any important organs, or if it could be a draining abcess? I'm using antibiotic ointment in the wounds now, and he still seems to be able to move his body below the wound, and he still seems pretty perky. Hasn't eaten worms or minnows. My question is..how long do I let him suffer? I can't imagine this is painless. Has anyone rehabilited a snake with this type of wound? Should I euthanize it? If so, should I decapitate it or is there a better way? Sorry for such a long post. I hope some kind sould can help us out.

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    Re: Help for wild garter

    Welcome to the forum.
    Sorry it's under these circumstances.
    This forum has seen its share of injuries from cats, both wild and pets.
    It sounds to me like you are doing all you can but this probably requires a Vet's. intervention and medication.
    As long as the snake is active, tongue flicking, drinking and hopefully eating. I wouldn't rush to put it down. They survive these kinds of injuries in the wild.
    I will put a link to the care sheet at the end of this post.
    Any idea what species of snake you have? Where do you live? State?
    Best of luck and thank you for taking the time to be concerned. You're doing a good thing.
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    Re: Help for wild garter

    Don't offer the snake any food during the time of healing... a snake's immune system is compromised while it is digesting food and it can actually take away from healing injuries and recovering from illness/infection..... it does not sound good but photos of the injury could help. If anything it should be seen by a vet if it's savable. good luck!!!
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    Re: Help for wild garter

    I'm going to be brutally honest and blunt, and the answer may not be very widely accepted... However, any time I encounter an injured snake in such condition, it's in a lot of pain most likely, in my opinion, the best thing you can do for the animal, is put it down to stop said pain.

    If a garter is that damaged, odds of it surviving and doing well without extensive vet work, lots of money, time, and pain involved on the animals end, is simply not worth it in my eyes.

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    Re: Help for wild garter

    At least we can agree on something. I learned a while back to keep my mouth shut about such opinions but I would have to agree. It sounds like the snake is injured quite seriously, and the wounds are probably infected. If it were me, I would put the snake down too.

    It would need to see a vet if the wounds are indeed as serious as it sounds. Antibiotics and who knows what else might save the snake but really, you have to ask yourself if it's worth all that. Either way, the snake is going to go through some serious suffering.

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    Re: Help for wild garter

    This is just an opinion, and it might seem a bit mean... But, if it's tongue is flicking and it's active, take it to the vet and see what they can do for it. They may not treat it if it's illegal to keep them in your area.

    If it's not active and flicking it's tongue, it's sad, but it'll probably die anyway and you should end it's suffering.
    With how bad the injuries seem, he/she is probably in an extremely great deal of pain.
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    Re: Help for wild garter

    Hi, from Oregon, Crittermom

    Polysporin is good for wounds but if you relly want the Garter
    A doc will let you know if the snake is healthy and what it needs

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    Welcome from Connecticut! Good luck with your injured friend.
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    Re: Help for wild garter

    Quote Originally Posted by Odie View Post
    Hi, from Oregon, Crittermom

    Polysporin is good for wounds but if you relly want the Garter
    A doc will let you know if the snake is healthy and what it needs
    I wouldn't put antibiotic ointment on deep, oozing wounds. Minor skin-deep wounds, yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConcinnusMan View Post
    I wouldn't put antibiotic ointment on deep, oozing wounds. Minor skin-deep wounds, yes.
    Hencs the doc

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