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Old 11-07-2012, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help! Hedgie has a sore!

Hey guys Elliott has a sore and I thought I would ask if anyone knew anything about it before we take the little guy to a vet.
-Elliott is 11 months old
-We have owned him for 8 months
-Temperature has dropped a little in the apartment
-His cage is 70 degrees
-He gets about 10 hours of sunlight and then a couple hours of artificial light

We just noticed tonight Nov 7th that he has a large red sore underneath his eye. It looks to be puffy and maybe swollen. We didn't notice the sore yesterday. Attached is a picture.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be very helpful.

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Old 11-07-2012, 11:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Help! Hedgie has a sore!

Not sure what it is but sores around the face make me nervous and personally I'd want to go to the vet right away, they are just so prone to oral tumors, infections etc. It's probably nothing but it's better to make sure it's treated right away. On the other hand if it's not a bump, it's not bleeding and it looks like it drys up in a day then he could have just scratched himself somehow and it would heal on it's own. Really watch though if hasn't started to dry up or heal in a day get to the vet. If he caused it by scratching at his mouth there could also be some underlying problem.

on a side note 70 is probably a little too low for him, hedgehogs usually need a minimum of 72 and most are best at 75*if you have a space heater to give extra heat that would be a good idea. Also you can get a ceramic heat emitter set up to heat just the cage (don't use heating pads or reptile heat lights because heat pads don't heat the cage and hedgehogs don't like the light from those heat lights - not even the infrared or black light ones).
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Help! Hedgie has a sore!

Yeah, I agree that should get looked at if it doesn't clear up on its own this week. I don't think the temperature thing has anything to do with the for on his eye, but you might want to bump it up a little in the room. I have a heating pad under my hog at night but am in the process of converting to a CHE.
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