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Old 04-13-2015, 07:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Persistent licking of nose..NEED HELP!

So the first two posts about this didn't get any response, so I am posting again in hopes somebody maybe has an answer or experience with this issue.

Today will be 2 weeks that my hedgie has been on Septra for a URI. Last week, he seemed to be looking better -no discharge visible by his eyes, sneezing less, no visible mucus in nose- but yesterday, I noticed his nose seemed to be back to being a bit more watery. He was licking more as well.

Tonight, he seems to be licking his nose an awful lot. Is persistent licking just a thing that hedgies do or could he still be sick/all of the sudden getting worse?!

The vet told me that if I were to bring him back, that the next step would be injectable antibiotics. Are those safe?

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Old 04-13-2015, 08:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Okay so, I just listened to him breathing and he sounds like he may be wheezing a bit!! =( please tell me injectable antibiotics are safe! I don't know how else to help him get better
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It does sound like he needs to go back to the vet for a treatment change. Injectable antibiotics are safe! But ask the vet whether it's the same medication or different one - sometimes if one doesn't work against the URI, it's a good idea to try a different one or for the vet to culture some fluid from hedgie's nose to find out which med would be best to use.
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you for responding!

I made an appointment for tomorrow morning. I am afraid to do injectable antibiotics after reading horror stories about the one medicine given for mite treatment. I hope that is just from that one medicine.

I feel horrible now because he is wheezing and sounds so sick all of the sudden =(

He seems to be eating, drinking and wheeling normal so I had no idea he got worse. Can wheezing be a sign of pneumonia??
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Yes, Ivermectin is known for causing health problems & even death when it's injected, but it's just that medicine. It's because Ivermectin works against mites by paralyzing them, so if overdosed, it can paralyze & kill a hedgehog. It can be pretty easy to overdose such small animals like hedgies. But injectable antibiotics don't have any such issues. The worst danger would be if the vet nicks a nerve or something when injecting it, but I've never heard of a vet doing that, only a misguided breeder.

Yes, it can be. I'm glad you're getting him back in quickly! He's lucky to have a good owner. I'm sure between you & the vet, he will hopefully be back to good health soon. Good luck and let us know how he's doing!
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Okay great. I am relieved to know that information!

Thank you for your help yet again ha. I will be sure to let ya know how he does. =)
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