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Old 09-15-2013, 10:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Not moving, weak, sporadic breathing! HELP ASAP

My hedgehog is almost 6 years old and today when I got in and went to clean his cage I found my boy laying on his side which is unusual. I picked him up, and his body seems limp. He hasn't stood on his own at all since I found him this way. He isn't cold. His cage is reading 80 which is likely accurate due to my room being a bit stuffy. His diet hasn't changed. And the only thing I can report about recent movements is that his bowls didn't empty last night so this may be the second day he's been like this. Typically he stays in his igloo.

At one moment he's breathing steady and the next his pace has become so rapid that you see his little body puffing up and down like crazy. Holding him let me feel his heartbeat which is faster than I can imagine ever being healthy. There was some oddly colored bedding in his cage. It was brown with hints of a rusty color. Maybe he threw up or had a violent bowel movement- I'm bot positive. The only emergency hospital open would charge far more than i can afford for a consultation alone. His legs still work- he keeps randomly pushing off one and rolling a bit. But besides that he's not doing much at all.

Does anybody know what could be happening?
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know what it could be, but hopefully one of the breeders will be along soon. I'll PM a few of them. Just try to keep him as comfortable as possible in the meantime.
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At his age, he may be nearing the end of his life and his body may be starting to shut down. He may have had a stroke or some other issue.

I would hug him and love him and if he is still the same in the morning, schedule a vet visit.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I feared that this may have been the issue.
I can't stop crying. He's still moving every so often. He keeps kicking his legs as if he was going to try to stand but then nothing happens. I don't want to lose my little hedge-man.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry. Just talk to him, hold him, and love him like Nancy said. Piggy and I are sending you good thoughts.
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I'm holding him. He just randomly wheezed and shrieked twice. It may have been because I was holding him back. He was laying on his back in my hands and I was rubbing his tummy. He's randomly twitched and convulsed.
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OKAY! That was terrifying. He just began wheezing again. He vomitted blood.
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I am assuming these are the later stages of WHS. But he's never exhibited wobbling before. He's so suddenly suffering from the worst stages of it.
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It isn't WHS it sounds like his body is just saying its time...keep him close and tell him its ok, that if its his time to go ahead and let go....sometimes they seem to listen when we tell them that
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:35 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry to hear you and your little one are going through this. Big ((hugs)) and positive vibes from Thistle and I. He needs to get to a vet as soon as possible. Until then all you can do is give him love and comfort.
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