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Old 10-20-2017, 04:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone! Hoping for some advice.
I got a six month hedgie just last week, and he?s been sneezing and licking his lips a lot. I have a vet appointment tomorrow but I?d just like to see if anyone knows what it could be?
He was on wood-based bedding where he was before me. I have him on half Carefresh/half fleece. I noticed earlier today he was squeaking/snorting in his sleep- I checked out on him right away, and when I put him back in his cage he sneezed so much.
I?ve just had him out now- he sneezed maybe once whilst out. As soon as I put him back in (he snuggles into Carefresh under a fleece) be began sneezing a lot again. Could it be allergies to the Carefresh bedding? Or more likely an URI?
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Old 10-20-2017, 09:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It sounds like a URI. It's very common in new hedgehogs so it's good he's going to the vet.
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Old 10-21-2017, 01:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I took him to vet today- she said his chest sounds good but he?s on antibiotics for a week just incase! I?m going to move him onto just fleece too so hopefully that helps ?
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That's good to hear . Also, be sure to wash the fleece with a gentle, non perfumed and soap-free detergent, (one for sensitive skin or babies would be best) and don't use much, as washing detergent can also irritate them and even cause a UTI. Some people use white distilled vinegar through the rinse wash, this helps get rid of urine and detergent build up in the fleece.
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