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Old 04-20-2014, 08:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Loki is about 2.5 yrs old and Ive had her for 2 yrs. I have depression so sadly, there are times when I dont play with her for a few days, and her cage is cleaned once a month (i know its supposed to be cleaned every week, but I can rarely find the motivation :c) Back in Dec, an event came up that caused stress and I was gone for a few days at a time; I was unable to spend time with her regularly for about a month. Im a major worrier; whenever Lokis eyes look weird or if she wobbles a bit, I freak out. Back then, she just had a little wobble, but sure enough, once I got back to normal activity, she got back to normal. A few weeks ago, I noticed some dried blood near her ear. I tried to clean it, but eventually gave up bc she was obviously stressed. She hasnt been using her wheel as often, either. (She loves her wheel).
For the past few days, when I took her out I noticed she was breathing funny. it sounded a bit heavier. Yesterday, I think she tried hibernating! I was able to warm her up though, thank goodness. The room is rarely ever cold, but she was cold. And the thing is, I wasnt sure at first if she was trying to hibernate. I just thought she was being lethargic. Her poop is varied, but often is normal. Today I tried cleaning up the blood on her ear, and gave her a bath, so she had green poop while I was cleaning her. Overall, shes been not as active. She also wobbles a bit when she walks. Below are pics. My dad wants to see what others say about this before we go to the vet. What are your thoughts?

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Old 04-20-2014, 08:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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She needs to see a vet and sooner rather than later. She possibly has an ear infection which would cause all her other symptoms. She is probably in pain and often they dig at their ear and face which can risk an eye injury.
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That ear is in very bad condition. There is no doubt about this, your hedgehog needs to go to the vet. Good luck and please let us know what happens. I hope that this can serve as a wake up call. Despite your depression it is important that you do not allow your hedgehog to be neglected.....she can be a source of comfort during those times. There have been quite a few folks here over the years that have discussed how much their hedgehogs helped them in times of need. Even when they did not feel like taking out their hedgehog, they felt much better after they did. I hope that you can begin to make her a priority regardless of what is going on in your life. Best wishes, Susan H.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You have already gotten the best advice possible, all I can say is good luck at the vet and please let us know how it goes.
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Would it be safe to use petroleum jelly on and around her ear, amd clean it daily and see if it clears up? If it doesnt, then I would def go to the vet
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and should i clean the blood with hydrogen peroxide?
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I think you need to go to vet sooner rather than later with the way that ear looks, and not wait and hope it clears up. Keeping the area clean is a great idea though, but I'm not sure about the peroxide and would hold off unless someone with more knowledge gives the okay. Good luck and keep us updated!
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Look at it this way, if you had blood coming from your ear would you just keep it clean and wait or go see a doctor? Blood from the ear can be very serious, it could be an infection or even a ruptured ear drum. If the ear drum is ruptured the infection can settle deeper into the skull and even reach the brain. The longer you wait the worse its going to get. I would have been on the phone to the vet the moment I saw an ear looking like that.
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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NEVER use hydrogen peroxide on skin--human or animal.

It causes more problems than it helps because it damages the skin.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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thrn will baby bubble bath/wash work?
Parents are covinced that its just something that will go away, so Ill have to wait before I see a vet I dont want you guys thinking Im a bad owner, its just moneys tight so parents want to say if they can save a few hundred bucks, yaknow?
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