Help! Hibernating or Dead?? - Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum
Hedgehog Central GalleryForum Archives Facebook Link

Like Tree2Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-05-2011, 11:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3
Default Help! Hibernating or Dead??

I got Quillbert 3 months ago, he was 8 weeks old at the time. He is normally very active and only huffy occasionally.

The last time I saw him was on wednesday, I had him out and running around for a good hour and later that evening he was running around his cage. I did not see him at all yesterday but changed the food and water, when I came home from work tonight, i found it a bit odd none of the food had been touched and I hadnt seen or heard him since wednesday night (2 days).

So I went looking for him, and I found him laying in the corner of the cage, uncurled. I stroked his quills and put my finger under his belly to pick him up. Normally he would have curled into a ball when I tried to do this but I got no response at all. After watching him for several minutes he does not seem to be breathing. What do I do??
fieldxhockey is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-05-2011, 11:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
Lilysmommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 11,963
Default Re: Help! Hibernating or Dead??

Is his belly warm or cold? Do you have a heating set up for his cage or know what the temperature is in it? Put him on your stomach under your shirt or on a human heating mat set on low. Do you have an exotics vet or emergency vet that you can take him to if necessary?
__________________
~*~*~ Kelsey ~*~*~

RIP my sweet Lily ~ 6/12/08 - 1/20/12
Lilysmommy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-06-2011, 12:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3
Default Re: Help! Hibernating or Dead??

he belly is not really warm and not really cold, the temperature of my room is set to 71 at all times.

I will try putting him on my stomach! Thank you!
fieldxhockey is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-06-2011, 12:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
Member
 
Immortalia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 2,268
Default Re: Help! Hibernating or Dead??

71 is not very warm at all. And a/c air feels much colder than it reads, so that may be your biggest culprit.

Definitely try warming him up and see if there's any response. Be sure to have some food and water ready, you may have to syringe feed to make sure his internal system starts working as well. If you don't have syringeable food, just soak his kibbles in hot water and mush it all up to that it can be syringed. Just make sure it's not hot when you feed, but lukewarm is fine. If you don't have syringes, your local drugstore should have some. For mine, I just went to the counter and asked for syringes and I got one for free.
Immortalia is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-06-2011, 12:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Mid-Michigan
Posts: 1,194
Default Re: Help! Hibernating or Dead??

Praying for you and your baby. I'm paranoid and bug my vet about everything, but if he doesn't start moving around soon, I would pack him up in warm blankets and rush him to emergency.

I'm so sorry about your little guy. Sending Harvey-Hugs to you and your baby.
__________________

~Everyone deserves a forever home.~







Rainy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-06-2011, 01:06 AM   #6 (permalink)
Member
 
Judi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 223
Default Re: Help! Hibernating or Dead??

Not to be gross here, but when they actually die, there's usually some seepage from nose, mouth and anus...not always a lot, but some. Also, they'll start to stiffen up.

Besides putting him inside your shirt, you should put a couple towels in the dryer for a couple minutes and get them warm, then fold them and lay them on top of him so he's getting warmth from both sides.

Good luck, I hope he's okay.
Judi is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-06-2011, 08:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Cleveland Ohio
Posts: 490
Default Re: Help! Hibernating or Dead??

Any news? is he okay?
__________________






DexterTheHog is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-07-2011, 05:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
Member
 
shortnerdy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Hamilton Ontario
Posts: 247
Default Re: Help! Hibernating or Dead??

Any updates on this poor little guy?
__________________


shortnerdy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-07-2011, 08:49 AM   #9 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3
Default Re: Help! Hibernating or Dead??

Thank you to everyone for your help. Unfortunately 3 month old Quillbert passed away yesterday morning. The vet is still running tests, but at this point thinks he had a heart problem, which must have given out suddenly.
fieldxhockey is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-07-2011, 08:52 AM   #10 (permalink)
Member
 
NoDivision's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 583
Default Re: Help! Hibernating or Dead??

Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that. To go so young - poor little guy D:
__________________

Thank you ashjac18 for my Sherlock avatar
NoDivision is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dead babies mdesai Breeding & Babies Help 8 09-26-2012 01:48 AM
I'm back! Not dead! kittyeats Off Topic 3 07-25-2012 01:54 PM
what are the sure signs they are hibernating?? Katiehogletnewbie Health 1 04-15-2012 10:43 AM
She's hibernating KatelynAlysa General Questions 12 03-06-2012 11:43 AM
Hibernating hedgehog what do I do next margolia.wind Health 3 12-02-2011 12:22 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:33 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Retriever Breeds Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum