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Old 10-10-2008, 04:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I've had a lot of time to think today (slow day at the office) and I was wondering if there were any special precautions that pregnant women need to take when handling hedgies? As in, people tell you not to handle reptiles because of salmonella or.. breathe because of viruses floating around in the air

Not that I am pregnant, but it was just something I thought of today.
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Old 10-10-2008, 05:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think so...
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I remember seeing another thread about this on another board, and I think the big concern was litter, and that maybe someone else should change the litter box if your hedgie uses one (because doctors recommend that pregnant women don't change cat litter boxes). I'm not sure what was decided about that, but I do remember it being mentioned. Other than that I've never really heard anything--but I have to be honest in the fact that I wasn't looking around for information since I don't plan on dealing with that situation for some time.
Here is also an article from hedgehog world about it: http://www.hedgehogworld.com/content/view/141/42/
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Interesting!

Thanks for the link
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I know many people who have had hedgehogs while pregnant, including breeders with many hedgehogs and never had a problem. Most hedgehogs do not carry salmonella and if they did, chances are it would show up before the person got pregnant.

As with everything though, while pregnant, caution needs to be taken because damage done to a developing fetus lasts a lifetime. Pregnancy is only 9 months so during those 9 months, I'd have someone else clean the cage.
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Oh *sigh* whatever will I do when not cleaning (at least) 3 hedgehog cages for 9 months??!!

Thanks Nancy (even though you gave my husband another reason to say "no" to me every time I see a baby )
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CDC does link hedgies and other pets to toxoplasmosis, which is the same organism as found in cat litter. So it would be the same precautions.
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In my mind the most important things to do is to siriously wash our hand before and after handle any hedgehog ,,,,,Purell is the Most important things in the room where are my hedgies ,,,except the hedgehogs and their food lollllllllllllllll
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In case i get pregnant i will be wearing gloves when cleaning out the cage
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Old 10-20-2008, 03:57 AM   #10 (permalink)
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As a hedgie owner and respiratory therapist, it is VERY important to wash your hands before and after handling your animals and cleaning cages. The name of the disease is toxoplasmosis, there are many things you can do to prevent it along with salmonella. With afew precautions you can have a healthy pregnancy and still play with your pets.
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