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Old 11-23-2011, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Get well vibes for hibernating hedgie...

So it's been a while since I was on here..but i wanted to tell you about my morning so far.
I was chatting over the phone with a friend whose daughter has a little rescued Hedgie (he was abandoned in a box at the side of the road with a ferret.. but although life started off bad for this little guy, it certainly got way better for him....anyhoo...)
My friend was checking on the hedgie while i was talking to her and she suddenly stopped and went "ooh, errrr, uh-oh..Rach? Sonic is not looking or acting like himself, he's not moving..." My first thought was hibernation...but i quickly dismissed that because honestly? It's like the bahamas in her house, I stayed there for a while some time back and i swear I think i only p'd once! It's regularly at 25c in there...way too hot for me but nice and toasty for a hedgie.
But we talked through a few things and it turns out that through a perfect storm of events, the area where Sonic's cage is probably got cooled right down certainly over the last few days and particularly the weekend...she said that now he was not really moving, he did eat a couple of mealies but his face was grey and his belly was cool and when she set him down on the floor he was wobbly.
So following the advice given by the experienced members on here I talked her through what to do with him and how to warm him up slowly, keep him warm for quite some time, check on him regularly as he may lapse etc etc.
So he's now warmer after she snuggled him next to her with a fleecy top on and a heating pad on low and he's now moving around, the colour has come back to his face, he's responding well and he's huffing again. She's going to be moving his cage to a warmer area and I've told her to get him on a lighting schedule now that the days are shorter and watch him like a hawk for the next week or too.
I feel relieved that we got to him in time and have a good chance of him recovering...her daughter loves the bones of this little guy and he is well looked after and has been happy and healthy until this hiccup.

I just wanted to say thanks to all who contribute useful information to this site and for the experienced members who take the time and effort to help others and pass on their expertise to the rest of us in otherwise unfamiliar situations.
I'm also quite thankful that I have had the time on my hands to spend alot of time on here browsing and learning from others - people were there to help me when I had hedgie issues and in a virtual way now to help me pass on valuable, perhaps life saving and urgently required information to another little hedgie in need.

Thanks HHC!
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm so glad her little guy is alright. I agree, there is so much helpful info here. I know that I have been helped to make my hedgies as healthy & happy as possible.
It's good to hear from you.



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Old 11-23-2011, 05:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm so glad you could help her out with that! That's such wonderful news
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That's such a relief that he's okay! And definitely a great thing that you were able to help her out. It's always good to hear about such a scar thing avoided or quickly solved just from some knowledge. So few people know how dangerous hibernation attempts are for hedgehogs - I always find myself having to explain and re-explain to people why Lily needs to have all of her heating equipment and why it's so important for her not to get chilly. Glad to hear from you again!
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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im so glad she caught it in time. And that she had you to help her out with what to do.
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