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Old 11-26-2011, 12:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I made the water deep enough so i could hold him while he swims, I think I went to hard on him as he was thrashing about. As i took him out, he was being hyper. I dried him up with a towel, and he was stretching his visor(he does this ALOT), but this time, one of his eyes were squinting. He's trying to get into his little igloo now, and he kept missing the water bottle nozzle thing. What'd I do? Will he be ok?
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I woke him up, and he sniffs at me from his cage.. HE never used to do this?
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Old 11-26-2011, 01:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The water was too deep. I only put it up to her belly. Your hedgehog could have gotten soap in their eyes and ears that wasn't rinsed out.
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Old 11-26-2011, 01:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: I took him a bath? Kinda?

As Christemo said, the water was too deep. Your hedgehog won't like not being able to control what they're doing in the water, even if you're holding them. He probably got soap in his eyes/water in his nose that's irritating him now.
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Old 11-26-2011, 02:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Be very careful the next few days. If the water was deep enough to get into eyes and ears, then it was deep enough to get into the nose. The sniffing may indicate the start of an upper respiratory problems, which may quickly develop into pneumonia. So if you notice a lot of sneezing, sniffing, nose licking and even hear "pop" noises when breathing, he may be developing a URI.
If you notice head tilting when walking, he may have an ear infection from getting water into his ears. These can be painful.
So if you notice any of these signs, be sure to take him to a vet to get treated.

Also, try putting a bowl of water under the water bottle to see if that helps and allows him to drink, since he is having difficulties.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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the water could have also been too hot or too cold. it sounds like you scared the hedgie, poor thing. hedgies are not meant to swim (yes they can, but not for long periods of time) and shouldn't be forced to swim. as mentioned above please use less water next time and keep it below her belly.

oh and i agree w/ the above about the upper respiratory infection and watching her closely
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I didnt use soap at all, Lol. I didnt have a wheel, and he really needs excercise, and i was holding him while he swam..
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Default Re: I took him a bath? Kinda?

Still, water in eyes/nose/ears can cause problems, soap or not.
Holding him while he's in water is absolutely no replacement for a wheel.
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Because most hedgies are stressed out by water and don't like it, swimming's not usually the best way to give them exercise. Now you know not to put him in deep water next time, so just remember that and keep an eye on him for a few days to make sure there's no issues. He really should have a wheel if you can get one for him, it's the best way to give him exercise and keep him from getting bored in his cage. LarryT on here sells the best hedgehog wheels, you can order them here - http://www.carolinastormhedgehogs.com/t ... wheel.html If you can't afford that at the moment, some other options that you can get from most big pet stores are a Comfort wheel (you need the biggest size, the 12"), or a Flying Saucer (again, need the 12").
If you want to give him exercise outside of his cage, a better way to do that would be to set up a hedgie-safe area or room that he can explore in. Make sure that it's warm enough for him, and put some toys out for him to play with. You can hide treats (like pieces of chicken or turkey, mealworms, frozen crickets) in or around toys and such to encourage him to explore. Even this isn't a replacement for wheels though, since hedgies have lots of time awake when we're sleeping where they need something to do.
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