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Old 01-15-2010, 12:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have a male hedgehog, he is 1-2yrs of age. He is usually very lively, always running on his wheel, but today I found him just layng in his cage, and when I tried to get him to move, he just layed there. I took him out of his cage and heated him up, because I thought he might have attempted to hibernate. It has been over an hour and he still can not stand or anything, he feels like a ragdoll. Also, his nose is runny. What is wrong with him? Yesterday he was perfectly fine! Please help!
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how did you warm him up and when is the last time you saw him normal?? Does his stomach feel warm or cold?
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The last time he was normal was yesterday. Then when I saw him today, he was lifeless. He is breathing, but he is stuck laying on his side. He was kind of cold before, but I spent time warming him up with a heating lamp, a warm towel, and a hand warmer, so he isnt cold anymore, but it did not seem to help. His nose is runny and bubbles keep coming out of it. He is also not blinking, and he has opened and closed his mouth a few times. Right now he is laying in front of a little heater and he is barely breathing. He seems like he is dying, but I'm not sure, and I have no idea what caused this.
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And when I say he is opening and closing his mouth, it sounds like he is having trouble breathing, like he is gasping for air.
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He needs to see a vet NOW...like right now....you need to find an emergency vet or one that will come in after hours...Start phoning all the Vets in your phone book
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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"He is also not blinking, and he has opened and closed his mouth a few times. " That is usually what happens a few minutes before death.

I am not sure if she would have made it to the vet in time. I hope I am wrong, and he saw the vet. I hope he is going to get better.
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I hope that she's already gone to the vet. What would cause that to happen to a hedgie at less than two years of age?
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Is it possible that he has something stuck in his airway? Maybe he can breathe but barely....usually if its hibernating he will come out after 40 minutes under your shirt. The bubbles coming out of the nose, attempts at opening and closing mouth and his blinking eyes are a sure sign that he is having difficulty breathing. I hope you brought him straight to a vet!

Please let us know how he is
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:46 AM   #9 (permalink)
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How's he been eating, and what? Has he had anything new or unusual? Is it possible he could have an intestinal blockage? Has he been pooping normally?
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. I took him out of his cage and heated him up, because I thought he might have attempted to hibernate. Also, his nose is runny.
Those two comments make me wonder if he could have a respiratory issue? If her heating system is in place with thermometer, why suspect hibernation? (I am still learning, I am asking this.) And a runny nose, but I know some of them have "wet noses" not necessarily running though. I hope it isn't too late. Thank goodness those of you were online at the time to urge her to a vet.

Katelynn we hope to hear from you soon so we know he is ok.
*edited for misspelling*
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