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Old 05-21-18, 11:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Clogged nostril?

Hello. Iíve had my boa for almost 3 years now, from the time that he was less than a foot long. While I had more time for daily handling and upkeep when I wasnít working, I still am active in his life and make a point to handle him as much as I can as long as conditions are safe. (I live in Michigan so it can get pretty cold.) Today when I took him out I noticed that one of his nostrils is clogged. Itís not bubbling, discolored or anything. Just looks like maybe a messed up shed? My only guess other than that is maybe itís from rubbing on his cage? He doesnít do it too much, usually only when I put him back from handling. Since heís on a growth spurt Iím having to replace things within his cage often. Maybe heís stressed from the constant change and rubbing more because of that? Iím going to be getting a new cage but my hands are tied until I move this August. Iíve taken him to the vet before so if I have to again it wouldnít be a problem for me. Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 05-22-18, 02:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Clogged nostril?

When did he shed last?
What substrate do you use?

It could either be a tiny piece of stuck shed or maybe substrate??
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Old 05-22-18, 07:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Clogged nostril?

Just watching my vet, and if you have good eyes and can get someone to control the body while you hold the head, you could try picking out the blockage with a toothpick or something. Just be very gentle and go slowly. You could use someone’s reading glasses if you need some magnification.

My vet used a metal pick to remove the blockage.
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