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Old 01-29-2019, 07:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default UTI or just dehydration?

Hello everyone! Recently I’ve noticed that my hedgehog’s urine is a little brown. She eats alright and drinks well. She is alert but she isn’t very active on her wheels since it’s been kinda cold. However, we give her a heating pad and when she’s in her igloo she lies a little on her side and spreads out. She is warm to the touch. She does not strain when she urinates. Is she dehydrated? Or do you think she has UTI? Thank you all!
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Old 01-29-2019, 12:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off heating pads are not recommended for hedgehogs. They need the air in their entire cage to be an appropriate temperature not just a spot on the bottom on the cage. Heating pads are also known to give hedgehogs low temperature burns from them sleeping on them and the heat damaging their skin. You need a proper heating set up for her.

It doesn't sound like a UTI but if you notice the urine getting any darker then she will need vet visit.
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Old 01-29-2019, 11:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you! I will keep a close eye on her
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