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Old 02-18-2015, 09:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just brought thumbelina home and I've notice some weird things.. She walks ok then wobbles a bit walks ok again wobbles a bit.. I was gunna give her a bath and get rid of the food coloring that's on her (her old owners little brother did that) so I need advice before I do anything kinda worried about her.. As I write now she's walking fine .. But she's clmaping down on a towel and won't let go?.. I'm wondering why she's being this way and if I was given a sick hedge hog she's also got kinda of runny nose which snot bubbles bubble from when she breaths and she's breathing kinda heavy like. She is also sleeping a lot right now idk if it's from the ride or she's not use to me. Please help I wanna make sure I was screwed over. Not that I care I'll make her better I just wanna know
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Old 02-18-2015, 10:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The snot bubbles and heavy breathing make it sound like she's sick. I would make a vet appointment asap.
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If she is blowing snot bubbles out of her nose she needs to see a vet asap. It sounds like she has an URI. Don't give her a bath until its been treated and she's completely recovered. Keep her extra warm for now and monitor her food and water intake.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Agreed with Nikki. Make sure temperature is at least 75*, possibly closer to 78* & see how she does. The wobbly walking is an initial sign of a hibernation attempt. The clamping down on the towel could have been a defensive/upset thing, or it could have been that she liked the smell of it or something. My guess is defensive/upset though - I once had a very fearful, very defensive hedgie clamp down on my hoodie sleeve and she held on for at least 15 minutes before I gently worked the sleeve out of her mouth (only because I had to put her in the carrier to leave).
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Update: she's fine warmed her up with dryer no more wobbles as for nose it's one side now. And I had a feeling it was a URI.. Other wise she's ok her father just met her and was petting her she seemed to warm up to him so I know the towel biting and stuff were probly her acting out. Right now she's balled up so I'm just gunna leave her alone for the night. But my other question is beside the possible URI.. Should I worry about her shedding quills because She has dried dandruff kinda red looking skin? I have pictures attached if that helps..
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I would have the vet check her skin out when you take her in for the URI. It could be mites, a skin infection, or it could just be severe dry skin. Is she scratching at all? Scratching usually points towards mites, otherwise it's probably one of the other two things. If the vet wants to treat for mites (whether it looks like it is mites, or just preventatively), make sure they ONLY use Revolution - Ivermectin is commonly used by vets, but it's not safe for hedgehogs and shouldn't be used. Make sure you stand firm on that if it comes up at the vet's.

Good luck, I hope you're able to get her in tomorrow, if at all possible. URIs should be treated as quickly as possible. I'm sorry that you got her sick right off the bat, but on the plus side, it's clear she really needed you guys and is in a much better home!! I'm sure you guys will get her fixed up in no time.
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I'm glad you're doing your best to help, but I don't think it's recommended to use a hairdryer to warm a hedgehog. I think they can burn them, not to mention they're noisy
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She's seemed to enjoy it it was very close to her one bit and she wasn't bothered. Lily I've seen no scratching. The dryer helped warm her up faster then all three turtle lamps.. So we switched to out night time bulb for her.(more heat from it and gentler on eyes) Right now she's sleeping soundly and I'm off to work but I'm gunna call the vet today and see if I can get her in. I'm hoping its not mites poor thing. I knew her owner was great with her but this is just sad. I haven't out her in her new cage u case if mites I have her in a tub. Poor baby thanks again guys!
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She has a an appointment for sat at 2:20pm hoping for good news
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The turtle heat bulbs probably won't work for her - you need something that's not going to emit any light, just heat. CHE bulbs are the best thing to use. Even the night-time bulbs give off light that hedgehogs can see, and it does bother most of them. Also, for heating up from a hibernation attempt, it's best to either put them on a heating pad set on low, or to hold them against your body, under a sweatshirt or something. Hopefully you won't have to again though!

So glad you got a vet visit for today! I'll have my fingers crossed for a good update.
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