> Assuming you are correct (and I am not a big fan of
> self-diagnosis/Frankenstein medicine), I would still urge you to have the
> animal looked at by a qualified vet. If it is indeed cloacoliths, you will
> need to find the cause of the malady to ensure the proper long-term health
> of your animal.
Oh, I fully agree. I reread my post, and I didn't make it clear that
I don't necessarily think he has them, I'm just trying to find out
more about what he *might* have. I took him to the vet about two
weeks ago. I'm treating the issue as she instructed (I described that
visit here: http://tinyurl.com/4uqmz), but it looks like I'll have to
bring him back as his symptoms are now quite different. I think I'll
try a different vet, though. I'm definitely not qualified to diagnose
anything, but I'm still searching for information.
I had read that quote you posted, but I couldn't find anything besides
that. It was odd b/c I found that quote, verbatim, on about 5
different websites, but absolutely nothing else. It was as though
since once one person wrote a paragraph about it, no one else had
anything to add, which struck me as unusual for the internet.
I started doing warm water soaks yesterday morning, and some
interesting things happened. Yesterday, a rather large (for his size)
off-white solid thing came out. It was about the consistency of
sandstone. I'm guessing it was whatever I felt 1/4" above his cloaca
the day before. It was about 1/8" x 3/16" which seems huge for a
snake who's as wide as a pen at his widest point. The bump in his
cloaca changed a bit yesterday morning and a lot this morning. In
fact, after his soak this morning, whatever was inside making that
original bump from two (three?) weeks ago is working its way out.
It's so far out that I could have pulled it out/lightly rubbed it off,
but that seemed like it was probably a bad idea, so I just left it.
If it progresses at the same rate, I think it'll probably come out
during his soak tomorrow morning. I've got my fingers crossed,
I'm just worried about him. I've never had a sick snake before, and
it freaks me out. Intuitively, I know so much more about my cat than
I do my snake, so I feel really lost! I do know I need to figure out
why all this happened before it happens again, so even if the bump is
gone by tomorrow morning, I'll call around to find a vet who'll do
some detective work. I just thought I'd run the whole thing by people
here b/c you all seem to know a lot, and any information I can get is