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Old 09-23-2012, 03:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help, 2 or 3 days of diarrhea.

Hey everyone,

So recently my girlfriend's hedgehog went from having regular, firm poops to light brown, diarrhea. He's only 9 weeks old, and my girlfriend had only recently become his owner. Unfortunately, her room is in the basement of her house and her family won't let him stay anywhere else in the house (which I think might be okay, considering how they have an extremely loud, and hyperactive dog.)

He's in his cage often, taken out for about half an hour to an hour a day, his cage has a heat lamp attached to it that almost never turns off. He was given some new kibble recently mixed in with some of the old stuff, and he's been eating 45 (counted) kibbles a day, 15 of hedgehog food, 15 cat food, 15 mini hedgehog food. The lights in the room are on/off about 9/15 to 12/12 hours a day.

He's also been licking his nose sort of frequently (according to my girlfriend, about every minute). He is quilling right now, and moves at a regular hedgehog pace.

What do you guys suggest we do? We're considering bringing him to a vet.

Please help,
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Help, 2 or 3 days of diarrhea.

The poop could just be from a combination of the environment change and food change. You can try giving him some plain canned pumpkin or some squash baby food to see if it helps firm the poops up a bit. Does she see any discharge coming from his nose in addition to the licking, or any sneezing? Do you know what the temperature of the cage is? And the temperature in the room? It might be a good idea for her to invest in a space heater to warm the room up when she takes him out - unless he's staying in a blanket on her cuddling and staying warm the entire time he's out, going from the warmth of his cage to the coldness of the room (depending on the temperature difference) could cause problem. I would also try to get the light schedule a little more steady - 12-14 hours is the amount to shoot for, to try and keep it around summer day lengths. 9 might be a little too short.

If she notices any sneezing/discharge, that would be a definite yes to the vet. But if you're concerned about the nose licking, it wouldn't hurt to take him in just in case. URIs aren't good to overlook, since they can quickly move into pneumonia. Since she hasn't had him for too long, the vet visit would be good anyway, as a wellness exam and to see how you guys all get on with the vet. Good luck!
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