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Old 11-13-2017, 08:14 PM
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So Tiki and I have been together for around a month and a half. I noticed during some of the first days that there was this running line that went down one nose. So when I went to the vet, he said everything looked fine. I want the opinion of you guys, should this be of concern? It's only on one side.
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Re: Nasal discharge... Uh oh...

I cant make it out in the images. If your Vet said everything looked fine, did he tell you why there was discharge?
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Re: Nasal discharge... Uh oh...

He didn't even mention the discharge at all. The photos are kind've bad, but basically it's a large line of white guck that has been dried on his right beak.
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:39 PM
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Re: Nasal discharge... Uh oh...

Personally, Id get a second opinion.
Is the vet a Certified Avian Vet (CAV)?
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Re: Nasal discharge... Uh oh...

It says that he's a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine... I don't see anything about being a CAV. He's been in the field for 25 years working with avian pets. The only CAV I know of lives out in Chicago, and I live further down in Illinois. This was kind've what threw me for a loop, he said he has his own African Grey, and said that fruits should be more snack related in comparison to veggies.
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Re: Nasal discharge... Uh oh...

My Vet told me the same thing. Too much fruit increases their glucose & causes bacteria in their gut. So, I offer my Grey fruit more as treats than a daily staple.
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Re: Nasal discharge... Uh oh...

So... I'm guessing he just missed it? It may have looked a bit like a flaking beak. I'll get him to the vet ASAP. I'm incredibly worried, as i didn't know what it was, and he had it from day one...
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Re: Nasal discharge... Uh oh...

A doctor of Veterinary medicine is just a cat and dog doctor. He knows Jack about bird anatomy. Find a Different vet who is qualified to deal with a bird. You're gonna have to pay a lot for them but that's because they know what they're doing unlike someone who will take a look for some extra cash
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Re: Nasal discharge... Uh oh...

Have you tried searching here for an avian vet?

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Is it possible to scrape or remove the gunk at all? Maybe a bath would help?
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Re: Nasal discharge... Uh oh...

Quote: Originally Posted by Tami2 View Post
Personally, Id get a second opinion.
Is the vet a Certified Avian Vet (CAV)?
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A doctor of Veterinary medicine is just a cat and dog doctor. He knows Jack about bird anatomy. Find a Different vet who is qualified to deal with a bird. You're gonna have to pay a lot for them but that's because they know what they're doing unlike someone who will take a look for some extra cash
Many vets claim expertise with "exotics" but the anatomy, physiology, and treatment protocols of avians require specialized training.

Can you determine if the gunk actually originates from the nare? (nostril) If so, an avian vet can better determine the cause and likely culture the material. Any other symptoms such as sneezing?
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