Upper Respiratory Infection or am I just paranoid?

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Upper Respiratory Infection or am I just paranoid?

Postby ammo » Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:36 pm

Hello!
Real quick some info about my husbandry. Basking spot is around 110 degrees at the hottest point, with surrounding areas between 100-110. Temperatures taper off to the mid 70s at the coolest end. She is a rescue silkie, and as she is in shed right now so she is receiving daily baths to help her out with the process. I keep the humidity no higher than 45%, but I have to keep it a bit more on the humid side than what is normal for a beardy or else her skin issues worsen.
That being said, recently I have noticed that when I take her out of the bath she occasionally makes some hissing/wheezing sounds. I can't tell if it is something I should be worried about or if its just related to water getting into her respiratory system from all of her splashing around or from her being upset at me (life would be so much easier if she actually LIKED her baths). I do not hear these sounds any other time except directly after a bath. She also is acting and eating normally. However, I have noticed that her saliva is a little sticky, but I don't know if it's any stickier than normal and if I'm just over thinking it or not. Should I be concerned enough to take her to the vet? Or just keep an eye on it?
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Re: Upper Respiratory Infection or am I just paranoid?

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:49 am

It sounds more like she is reacting to the bath rather than having a respiratory problem. You can keep the humidity a bit higher if you'd like. Up to 60% or so is fine.
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Re: Upper Respiratory Infection or am I just paranoid?

Postby Drache613 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:07 pm

Hello,

I agree, it sounds like a behavioral type of issue. They are terrible when they have temper
tantrums & will really act out. If these episodes only happen after her bath I would definitely
relate that to her not being happy with her baths.
Plus, if she isn't exhibiting any respiratory distress symptoms I would worry too much about
her having a respiratory infection.

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