Posted by Roger on 4/12/2015, 12:17 pm, in reply to "Worries"
@What exactly is the frequency of the snalts (iguana sneezes that are their way of getting rid of excess dietary salt.) Does it happen every five minutes, or maybe once/hour, or twice/day? This is important for us to know. |
If he is truly snalting too much, there is probably an irritant in his snout that he breathed in. Iguanas would love to have soil as their substrate, but they eat it, and breathe in the smallest particles. The safest and easiest substrate is black and white newsprint. It is harmless even if it is not very elegant. All most of us ever use is news-print.
Sinus irrigation would be helpful,, but to Charlie it would feel like he is being water-boarded. Irrigation must be done, but by an exotics or a cat and dog vet who has educated himself about iguanas, and can sedate him. I found a horse doctor who was very good with iguanas and small birds.
Charlie's diet is quite inadequate, and it could cause a variety of problems. look at the Green Iguana Society's list of nutritious foods we can get for them here in the US. I always say, don't feed vitamin or mineral supplements, but rather feed Charlie a good, varied, balanced diet.
About the bedding: What is it?
Some of us think iguanas might get their own viruses that cause URI's. But in that case I would expect to see their eyes water and mucous to come out when they sneeze.
Don't overly worry, and do take Charlie to a vet.