Sneezing

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Sneezing

Postby sunny » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:11 am

Hey!
So my Merauke started sneezing a lot yesterday (like every 20 seconds for a short amount of time, maybe 3 to 4 minutes.)
I wasn‘t very worried; maybe he got something stuck in his nose and couldn’t get rid of it.
But now (and it’s 8AM right now) he‘s doing it again.
His cage is around 90°on the hot side, at night it drops to 70°. I keep him on a mixture of Repti Bark and Coconut Fiber.
The only thing I changed like 3 days ago was the fact that I bought a new spraying bottle which also means that I‘ve been spraying his enclosure a bit more the last 3 days.
There are no fluids or bubbles coming out of his mouth/nose and he‘s very active.
I hope someone has an idea what the problem could be
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Re: Sneezing

Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:08 am

This can be an indication a dusty substrate (the dust gets into the nose and makes them a bit sneezy). Fine grade Kritters Krumble is prone to being very dusty , the issue might be the coco fibre you are using.

It can also be an indication of an URI.
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Re: Sneezing

Postby mb606587 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:09 pm

Yeah it's possible it could be the substrate as kingofnobbys pointed out. Others who have experienced this issue have had success simply by changing to a different bedding. Cypress mulch would work well for a Merauke so if the problem persists, I would start there to rule that out. If it is a respiratory infection, keep an eye out for additional signs. Mucus discharge, wheezing, gaping to breathe, droopy eyes would mean a trip to the vet.
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Re: Sneezing

Postby sunny » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:02 am

Alright, thank you!
I'll try changing the substrate then. His eyes and everything else seem fine.

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