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#73946 - 12/21/05 07:37 PM sneezing.red nose
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alright here's another thing. Bandit is sneezing some and his nose is slightly red. it is darker than normal.it is not the pretty pink color . it is a rosy red color.. any help?

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#73947 - 12/21/05 10:22 PM Re: sneezing.red nose [Re: ]
Xfilefan Offline
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Registered: 02/22/03
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Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Go to the vet. If it's not grooming sneezes, and the darker color doesn't go away, it's normally indicative of an upper respiratory/sinus infection (which MAY show up on Xray, if it's bad enough). He really needs antibiotics. There isn't really any other test (won't show up on urine or fecals) for a diagnosis. I went thru this with Riker.
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#73948 - 12/21/05 11:03 PM Re: sneezing.red nose [Re: ]
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can he get it from the temperature being too cold in my room?
or maybe dust?.. kind of the same ways humans can?

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#73949 - 12/22/05 02:41 AM Re: sneezing.red nose [Re: ]
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Well....dust CAN be an allergen, possilbly causing allergy symptoms, but not those symptoms like in an upper resp./sinus involvement.

The redder than usual nose...that red is caused from extra vascular activity in the head/face area...by that think of it like this: There is an infection of SOME kind...either bacterial or (rare) viral. The body is attempting to defend itself. It sends a LOT of blood to the area in general (which carries infection fighting compounds, and white blood cells)-to fight the infection.Oxygen containing blood, overall, is a red color though (deoxygenated blood on it's way back to replace the oxygen you used...looks blue-you can see this lookiing at the underside of your own forearm. The bluish looking veins are where the blood has been used, and it's on it's way for a fresh supply of oxygen (isn't the circulatory system amazing?). In any case..when an area is injured, it tends to turn red-like when someone hits you. That is your body trying to repair the damage. In a glider, sometimes they can first wake up with a slightly red nose, but as they become alert and their circulation gets going, it goes back to the pretty pink we're all familiar with. If it STAYS red..that is an indication the body may be rushing blood to the area in an attempt to fight an infection. Hope that made sense.

As to it being too cold in your room, what temp do you normally keep it at, and is that where the gliders are kept, primarily? Actually cold temperatures will NOT cause a cold or flu or other infection, in and of themselves. What prolonged cold WILL do...is lower the body's resistance to infection by bacteria/viruses...because the body is trying to keep it's core temp. above a certain point, and devoting it's resources to that. It may also take longer to heal from something already present, because resources are being diverted. Interesting note: that's why we shiver...it's the body's attempt to keep it's core temperature above fatal levels. For a human, If the core body temp drops below 70 (I think) you're in trouble, though a few rare individuals have been known to survive prolonged exposure to temps much colder and survive, it's not that common. I honestly don't know how low a suggies body temp can go before it's critical. But, as in a human, if it's too cold for too long, reistance to other illness is lowered.
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#73950 - 12/22/05 05:45 AM Re: sneezing.red nose [Re: ]
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Registered: 11/13/03
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We have a friend who has a glider that has allergies similar to people with hay fever. At certain times of the year his nose turns almost purple if taken outside very much. Your glider could have a respiratory infection or he could just be allergic to the environment. Our friend spent a lot of money on her little glider and finally found the only thing that seemed to help him was Benbac or whatever it is called. But don't try it unless a vet examines him and approves.
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