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Old 12-15-2010, 10:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello!

I have a male hedgehog named Juno and he's 3 years old. He's been a really great companion and i really love him.
Unfortunately he became sick and is not getting better..
First the vet told me he was constipated and gave him some antiobiotics. This was around 3 to 4 weeks ago, and he was fine, still eating and walking around like always, with the exception of sneezing a lot.

I stopped the medication for some days because he seemed fine, but a few days after he started sneezing a lot of times in a row and i took him to the vet again and several times after. He gave me the same antiobiotics, with a larger dose, did an x-ray and saw a mass on the lungs wich he said was probably pneumonia.
And i've been treating him since. The doctor now thinks it's not pneumonia because his condition is worsening. He said it could be other respiratory disease in the lungs or maybe even cancer, but we can only know for sure with tac scan. He gave me some anti-inflamatory today as well.

Juno is really having trouble breathing, and needs to open his mouth to do it. I have to feed him by syringe because he isn't eating by himself but it's getting harder for him to swallow.
Yesterday i was giving him water and he vomited it and because really dizzy and feeling, from short of breath i guess.

I'm ALWAYS with him and keep him really warm but i don't know what else to do. It really saddens and frustrastes me to see him like this. Is there anything else i can do or try to aliviate his breathin or to help him eat or something?
Is he dieing and there's nothing i can do?

Please, if someone has any experience with this type of case i beg you to help me.

Thank you very much.
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm really sorry to hear that you are going through this with your hedgie....poor lil guy Hopefully someone will be along shortly with a little advice for you.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry also, that you're going through this. I wish that I knew enough to be able to help.



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It sounds to me like the antibiotics weren't given long enough the first time and the URI came back worse because of it. I would talk to your vet and see what he thinks is best and the chances of recovery.
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you for your replies!

I'm always talking to my vet! He gave him some anti inflamatory injections and he is a little better. He started to breath better and eat a little bit on his own wich is really good to see after all this time. But i mean, he has been on this a long time.. Maybe the other antibiotics aren't working..?
On the x-Ray he did it showed a mass on the lungs wich he figured was pneumonia. But now, because he reacts well only to injectable (he tried eatable first) anti inflamatory he thinks it's not pneumonia but something worse. He's not sure tough.

I beg you again, anyone with experience with this please share it or tell me something.

I really love my hedgehog Juno and want to give him best care possible!
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm sorry this is happening. My only thoughts are that perhaps he needs a different antibiotic. Which antibiotic is he on? Poor little guy.
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Actually i don't know the name of it! I will ask tomorrow and post it here !!
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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So, i didn't have the chance to speak with the doctor today as he was out and is only back by monday. But i noticed this last couple of days that using the anti inflamatory his condition gets overwhelmingly better, he starts to eat again and be almost like before.
But after a 20/24h period (after the effect wears off) he returns to his difficult breathing as before.
The antibiotics don't seem to work but the anti-inflamatory does.

Does anyone have a clue why this is ? Anyone with a similar experience or idea on this?

Please, ANY help would be much appreciated!
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Maybe it isn't a bacteria causing the URI, therefore the antibiotic won't help? I don't know if hedgehogs contract viral respiratory infections though. Just something I thought of.

I think I've heard the vet can run a test to pinpoint exactly what's causing the infection. Maybe you can ask your vet about it.
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Old 12-18-2010, 01:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
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probably not the right antibiotic. antiinflamatories do just that, shrink the inflamation, but they do nothing for the cause of the inflamation. he probably needs a new med.

sorry about your lil guy
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