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Topic: Just how do you take an 8ft reptile to the vets?  (Read 1444 times)
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« on: May 03, 2012 10:30:18 AM »

Poor Beastlie. He's sick. Sad Which means he has to go to the vet. But he is 8ft long (ish), weighs as much as a toddler (nearly all muscle) and doesn't like being enclosed, so tries to escape. Huh

When we moved house recently, it was only a 15 minute trip, but he managed to escape  Shocked (fortunately after we'd parked up at the new house) from the cardboard pet carrier we used (it was recommended by a shop we won't be using again).

So I got my thinking cap on: I needed an air permeable container, with a secure or securable lid, that is big enough to hold him, but not so big that he slides all over the place. It needs to be washable, warmable and appropriate to put on the scales at the vets. It can't have big holes or he'll injure himself trying to get out. This ruled out any of the standard pet carriers.

So I ended up with a large plastic click lock lidded container, I melted holes fairly close to the bottom and also in the lid. It felt a bit on the cold side and wouldn't fit on the scales, so I sewed an inner for it and placed the inner over the top of some polystyrene tiles, to keep his belly warm. If it's very cold I can put one of those re-usable hand warmers to keep him warm.

And of course, I had to personalise it!



And a close up of the embroidery

You know I keep calling him him? We don't really know so we chose a name that is easily changed if we ever find out. I'm not, however, going to subject him to an uncomfortable unnecessary procedure by the vet just to find out. We love him/her anyway.
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2012 11:36:36 AM »

Hoping your critter feels better.  Nice shanty!
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2012 01:01:25 PM »

I love it when crafting solves an unusual problem... Cheesy

Indeed, you honor the crafting spirit with your ingenuity in providing a singular solution...although perhaps there might be at least one fellow craftster with an 8 foot reptile... Cheesy lucky reptile!
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2012 02:03:57 PM »

Aww, how sweet. Our pets are our friends and deserve good treatment.

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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2012 04:31:02 PM »

Poor guy.  They should be able to sex him when you take him to the vet. 

My snake was smaller, 6ft but really skinny so probably only weighed a couple of pounds, I always put him in a pillowcase loosely twisted, then put him in one of those plastic critter carriers, that's also where he went when I cleaned his cage.  He died (age 14) years ago, but I want a big guy someday, so this is good to know since I'm sure yours does not fit in a pillow case.
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2012 02:56:35 AM »

Yes, but he *really* doesn't need any extra prodding and poking at the moment poor soul.
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2012 07:48:23 AM »

Hope he/she is alright...just checking in to see how he/she handled the new transport carrier you made him!
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2012 11:55:12 AM »

The box with polystyrene tiles works ok, but I hadn't thought about a liner last vet's visit so he kept rubbing his nose against the plastic until I covered him with a shawl (did I say he was a bit dim?). That worked well, except when the shawl fell off.

Iorwen is putting up patiently with the daily iodine washes, but struggling mightily with the gastric tube I have to put down for antibiotics every 2 days. This is probably a good thing, but it's still a nuisance. And 'cos he's a reptile, it'll take months. Sigh.
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