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Old 09-25-2008, 09:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Herisson licks his nose quite frequently. I always thought it was a normal thing that hedgehogs did. Just resentaly I read in this topic https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...php?f=16&t=278 that if they lick their nose a lot it could be a sign of a repertory infection. What are some other signs of a respiratory infection? Herisson seems perfectly healthy but I don't want to chance it. Please Help! I will be very worried until I hear something.
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Old 09-25-2008, 09:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It sounds like it could be a respitory infection. Schedule an appointment with the vet as soon as possible. Is he sneezing or wheezing at all that you've noticed? Does he have discharge from the nose or eyes? Licking his nose is only one symptom. The treatment for a respitory infection is usually antibiotics.
http://www.bestfriends.org/theanimals/p ... gehogs.pdf (see the part about respitory infections)
Respitory infections are usually easily treated by a vet, so get Herisson checked out ASAP. Let us know what the vet says!
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Old 09-25-2008, 09:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Is he licking boogers off his nose? Or is he just licking his nose?


These are general symptoms for URIs in hedgehogs:
Wheezing/gurgling noises
difficulty breathing
sneezing
discharge from eyes/nose
lethargy

If you suspect he has a respiratory infection, I would bring him to the vet as soon as possible. Hedgehogs are very good at hiding illness.
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I haven’t noticed any of those symptoms. The only thing I have seen is him licking his nose. Does sniffling count as one of those noises? He usually does it when he is exploring, he will see something new and sniff it all over making noises like when you can get if you breathe in and out very quickly.
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If he is just snuffling around exploring things, that sounds like typical hedgehog sounds.
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That's what I thought. I only questioned it because I thought that licking his nose was normal.
Licking his nose is the only symptom that I have noticed in Herisson.
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If he is ONLY licking his nose, I would say it's probably not a URI.

If he has any of the other symptoms though, I would bring him to a vet just to be sure.
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Would it be ok if I waited a day or two for more replies? I would prefer to not take him to the vet I would hate to go to the vet and pay $100 to find out that Herisson is 100% healthy.
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It's your call, really.
You know your hedgehog, and you know what's normal and what abnormal.

If he seems abnormal to you, I sincerely suggest you seek veterinary advise.
If he seems fine to you, it would be okay to wait.

Just know that a URI left untreated can become pneumonia.
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I have noticed he doesn't lick all the time, usually only when he is surprized (like when I wake him up and when droped him).
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