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Old 12-25-2011, 04:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My four month old hedgehog Winston has a swollen eye. There's nothing in his cage that could have poked him or harmed him and he didnt use his wheel last night which is extremely unusual for him. It's his right eye, his eye lid is redish and his eye is half shut. Besides that hes acting fine still alert and playful. But I am really worried, just because he isnt showing any signs of it being uncomfortable doesn't mean it couldnt be serious. If someone can please help me out it'd be much appreciated. If I want to see a vet I'll probably have to drive to Quebec. Which honestly I wouldn't care if I had to. Could his quill have even poked him in the eye? It doesn't seem like any kind of tumour :/
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Old 12-25-2011, 05:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's two photos of his eye.
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Old 12-25-2011, 06:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That does not look good. I say to take to a vet ASAP. That is the only way you will get a proper diagnosis.

There is no exotic vet in your area?

If you must drive to Quebec, there is a fantastic exotic vet in Montreal (Montreal Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital).

Good luck to you and Winston!
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Old 12-25-2011, 06:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do you have any idea what it could be or any thing I could do til Tuesday?
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Old 12-25-2011, 06:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Do you have any idea what it could be or any thing I could do til Tuesday?
Honestly, I have absolutely no experience with things like this (I've only had one hedgehog, whom I've had for like, the past 2 years).

Someone with more experience will probably be able to tell you if it looks similar to anything they've seen.

For now, I'd just say to keep a good eye on him, and note down any behaviors that have changed (if he is scratching more than usual, etc), and maybe look him over to see if he's having any other problems.
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Old 12-25-2011, 07:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It could be just about anything from him scratching and irritating it to a tumour. There are numerous hedgehog vets in Ottawa.

Here is a vet listed in the vet listing.

Bells Corners, Nepean

Postby KatelynAlysa on Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:06 pm
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Bells Corners Animal Hospital
194 Robertson Road, Unit 27B, Nepean, ON K2H 9J5
Tel: (613) 820-1641
Dr. David Vanderzon

Doctor Vanderzon saw Annabelle when she was having really bad dry skin problems and was very knowledgable and friendly, as well as good with her.


If you pm gml or cynthb, they can probably tell you vets in Ottawa.
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Old 12-25-2011, 07:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I had a feeling you'd comment, I've seen you all over this forum and I was honestly going to message you and ask.

I didn't know that vet saw exotic pets but thats where I brought my Cockatiel when he was losing his feathers and they were amazing. Do you know if they will be open tomorrow?

I'm hoping its just an eye infection :/ I rinsed it out with luke warm water and the swelling has gone down a bit. He's perfectly fine if not cheerier than usual. All is looking a little better I'm a little less worried :P
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What type of bedding is he on? If shavings, Carefresh or a loose type of bedding, he could have gotten something in his eye that irritated it. A warm compress might help it even more and you can use human eye drops. I've used polysporin eye drops. If you do use eye drops, only use a couple of times per day.

I don't know what vets might be open tomorrow but probably only an emergency vet and it may not be someone that is hedgehog knowledgeable. Unless he is bugging at it, or it is considerably worse looking tomorrow, I'd probably wait until Tuesday when they should be back to regular hours.

Good luck. Keep us posted.
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He has a vellux blanket for bedding and his litter box is yesterdays news, so I dont know what could have possibly irritated it. The only thing I can think of is either he was a cluts and stabbed him self in the eye with his quill somehow or that when we had play time he got something in it. But since I've flushed it out with water it seems to be doing better and I gave him a bath just so if he does bug at it his feet dont make it worse. I was wondering about eye drops but didn't know if they would be okay but in that case I'll go to the drug store and get them tomorrow and if it goes down by tuesday the vet wont be needed. I'm thinking since water already brought it down its probably just a viral infection. Thanks for the help! Merry Christmas!
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I can't really offer any more help (and at any rate, you already got some help from Nancy, so you can't do much better than her, other than a vet!), but I just wanted to say that I hope it's something simple and his eye goes back to normal soon! Poor little guy, the pictures of it look so uncomfortable. Please let us know what the vet says!
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