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Old 08-30-2017, 03:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I have a year and a half old hedgehog and recently we've been through a slew of problems- I've had to take him to the vet for very dry and flaky skin. We ruled out mites and he was treated with revolution just in case. It's been a few months of this dry and flaky skin and finally we did fungal cultures and a skin biopsy. The results won't be back for a few weeks. Lately I have noticed that Percy isn't as active at night, every time I go into his room he's just laying on his belly in his cage. I put flour on his wheel tonight to see if he runs in his wheel. It's not too cold or too hot in his room. It seems he is eating and drinking okay. Does anyone have any ideas? Could he just be worn out from everything he's been through lately? Any advice is appreciated...I'm very worried.
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is the belly warm when you touch it? Do you have a lighting schedule? What's the exact temp of the cage?
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi there, thanks for replying. His belly is warm to touch, and his cage is about 78-79 degrees. He is alert and bright when woken up, still runs around when I put him back in the age. He is eating, drinking, pooping, and peeing fine. I put flour on his cage last night and this morning it was gone. Could you explain to me the lighting schedule- he is in light room during the day and at night it's pretty dark.
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Old 08-31-2017, 10:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hedgehogs need 12-14 hours of light. Sunlight is not a sufficient source of light because it can be unpredictable and sun sets early and rises differently as seasons pass. You can use a table lamp or ceiling light, any kind of artificial light as your source of light for 12-14 hours.
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Thank you for your input. I'll try that. I'm hoping to hear something on his test results soon. Is there any way I can encourage him to be more active or do you think he is doing okay since the flour was off the wheel? Also, his toys were pushed around in different spots today.
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Toys being pushed around is a good sign it means he was active. I would try out and see if the lighting schedule works. Keep a close eye on him for the next couple of days.
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Found out today he has a bacterial and a yeast infection. Treating him with oral antibiotics. Hopefully he will start to feel better soon!
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Poor little fellow. Hoping for a speedy recovery!
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Old 09-05-2017, 12:10 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thank you for your advice and concern!
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Old 09-05-2017, 12:12 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Since he has these infections- should I buy him a new cage or just disinfect it?
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