Undiagnosed nasal congestion
by Melody Obst
We have a Greater Vasa just a little over a year old. He began to sneeze, make a clicking noise and sounds congested in the nasal area. He has been to our local vet and has had lab work, xrays and antibotic therapy for (this last time) 30 days straight. This last time was the 3rd time.
From xrays our vet thought perhaps he had an enlarged heart but since he is so rare the vet has nothing to compare the xrays to. I have sent them to another vet who said the heart appeared perhaps enlarged in one view but not the other. He thought an extended time on an antibiotic would do the trick. It hasn't helped.
When we first took Iggy to the vet here he suggested perhaps he had a seed stuck in his nostral and was going to do xrays of the head. He didn't do that and doesn't seem to want to do one now either saying he'd have to anesthetize him. We have approximately $800 invested in vet visits but Iggy remains he same over months now. Other than this nasal thing and sometimes open-mouthed breathing Iggy seems fine. He has a voracious appetite and is very playful.
The other night he was in my face and as I went to give him a kiss on the beak I caught a whiff of an obnoxious odor. I believe I've smelled this before when I wore a bandade on my arm too long and upon removing the bandage the wound was pusy looking and the smell horible.
The first medication Iggy was on seemed to help but as soon as he was off for a week he relapsed. The second time too. This third time for 30 days he didn't seem to improve.
Could he have a seed stuck in his nostral as was first suggested? Could it move around in there which was cause the on again off again congested breathing sound? Could the meds get rid of infection but because the seed is there the infection keeps coming back?
When he breaths like this he sounds like a baby breathing through heavy snot. Also at the same time, you can observe his neck moving in rhythm to the breaths. He doesn't seem any worse than when we first noticed this problem many months ago. He doesn't seem any worse and in fact, there are times when he doesn't so it all. He does sneeze and when he gets really bad he opens his mouth.
We are running out of money and there doesn't seem to be any other vet in our area. Suggestions please. Thank you.