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JosieGirl 08-02-2012 03:27 PM

Hedgie sneezing
 
I don't know if someone has had a similar situation and this is a repeat or not but it's kind of a detailed circumstance and I'm frustrated from Google-ing it.

I bought a young male pinto hedgehog from someone in April. I set up his cage using what she had sent as bedding for him which was some Carefresh, which I have used for many different small animals and never had a problem with. A couple of weeks into owning him, my fiance and I heard him sneezing..or making sounds that sounded like sneezing, every so often from his cage throughout the day. We looked it up and it seemed to amount to just the variety of noises hedgies make. We kept an eye on him and didn't notice anything else. Then when we were taking him out we noticed he licks his nose a lot and when he breathes, just one nostril (the right side I believe) blows little clear bubbles and his nose appears wet. We were worried he might have had a URI so we watched him to see if we needed to find a vet. Nothing else happened for a couple of weeks. This has been the exact same situation for three months. It has not progressed any further, he doesn't appear to be "ill". I have seen URIs in dogs and cats and small animals in my work at an animal shelter and other than the bubbles and sneezing, he has no other obvious symptoms. The bubbles don't appear to be mucus-ey, his eyes are clear, he isn't wheezing or coughing. He is active, eats/drinks well, doesn't mind being woken up during the day, will crawl around and investigate when we take him out, etc. I guess what I'm wondering is if he's sick or not? I would imagine that if it were a cold or a URI it would have gotten worse but he seems to be completely fine. So am I worrying over nothing?

Lilysmommy 08-02-2012 03:35 PM

Re: Hedgie sneezing
 
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I've used Carefresh for small animals as well, at the pet store I worked at. Most of them did okay (though I know it wasn't ideal for some of them, but I didn't get much say). But it is a dusty bedding, and it sounds like it could be causing him some issues. I would suggest switching him off the Carefresh to see if it helps improve the sneezing and such. A lot of people on here use and really recommend fleece or fabric liners. If you check out the Classifieds, there's numerous people that make them to sell, or if you sew yourself, you could make some. If you use fleece, you don't even really have to sew - they can be as simple as cutting the fleece to fit the cage as one layer, or cut it to fold over and be two layers. If you want to switch him sooner than later and can't get fleece right away, a pillow case (check it over for hairs or loose threads) would work as a temporary thing to see if it helps.

If it doesn't help though, I would take him in to the vet, just to be safe. It does seem like he would've gotten worse if it was a URI, but considering URIs don't resolve themselves in hedgehogs and they can develop into pneumonia (and lead to death), better to be safe than sorry.

JosieGirl 08-02-2012 03:42 PM

Re: Hedgie sneezing
 
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Originally Posted by Lilysmommy
I've used Carefresh for small animals as well, at the pet store I worked at. Most of them did okay (though I know it wasn't ideal for some of them, but I didn't get much say). But it is a dusty bedding, and it sounds like it could be causing him some issues. I would suggest switching him off the Carefresh to see if it helps improve the sneezing and such. A lot of people on here use and really recommend fleece or fabric liners. If you check out the Classifieds, there's numerous people that make them to sell, or if you sew yourself, you could make some. If you use fleece, you don't even really have to sew - they can be as simple as cutting the fleece to fit the cage as one layer, or cut it to fold over and be two layers. If you want to switch him sooner than later and can't get fleece right away, a pillow case (check it over for hairs or loose threads) would work as a temporary thing to see if it helps.

If it doesn't help though, I would take him in to the vet, just to be safe. It does seem like he would've gotten worse if it was a URI, but considering URIs don't resolve themselves in hedgehogs and they can develop into pneumonia (and lead to death), better to be safe than sorry.


Wow I'm so sorry but I completely forgot to add that we did actually switch him off the Carefresh! A couple of weeks ago I got some fleece cut at Wal-Mart and I've been using that as his bedding instead. He doesn't seem to be sneezing as much but I still hear it every so often. Again I apologize, apparently my short-term memory is fantastic, lol.

jerseymike1126 08-02-2012 03:58 PM

Re: Hedgie sneezing
 
that sounds like an upper respiratory infection
i would suggest taking it to the vet ASAP


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