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Old 11-22-2018, 04:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I’ve had my hedgehog for a little over a year now. I got her from the most reputable breeder I could, who claims she’s never had a hedgehog with WHS in her line. Last night, my hedgehog, Piper, was fine and acting normal. But when I picked her up tonight, she wouldn’t come out of her ball. This scared me, as she’s normally super friendly. After an hour or so if sitting with her, I decided to try to let her walk. I set her on the carpet, and she tried really hard to walk. But she couldn’t balance. She just kept “wobbling” back and forth. I didn’t think WHS would affect hedgehogs under two, and Piper is only one. I don’t know if I can find an open vet tomorrow (as it’s thanksgiving), but I’m hoping I will. Any advice is appreciated!
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Old 11-22-2018, 07:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No, this is not WHS. Not only is it a very rare disease it also doesn’t happen overnight and often takes months to progress, usually starting with weakened hind legs.

Hedgehogs will have a “wobble” gait for many reasons and it’s rarely due to WHS. It sounds like a hibernation attempt, was she cold to the touch as well? They will curl up, feel cold and shake and wobble.
You can warm her up by putting her under your shirt (don’t put her in water). What’s the temperature of the cage? You might want to up it a couple degrees to avoid another attempt.
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I normally keep her at about 72-74 degrees. It did drop a little lower last night, so I put it back up. She did feel a bit cold, and didn’t unball until I sat with her for about an hour. I went to bed at about 4 after sitting with her for hours, but she was super wobbly. I woke up this morning and she seems better. Thank you for replying, as I was worried sick!
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That does sound like a hibernation attempt. I would keep her a bit warmer in the coming 2 weeks at least since they often will try again soon after their first attempt.

Personally I never let temps drop below 25C (77F), 72F is a little on the low side imo.
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I've had that happen to me before. It is very scary for new owners but on exotic nutrition they sell hedgie proof heating pads. I have one for my Maka and she never gets to cold even if the air is on and the temp is low. Here's a link to the website.
https://www.exoticnutrition.com/Depa...ider-Food.aspx
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Heating pads of any kind are not recommended for hedgehogs. They can cause low temperature burns and only heat the floor of the cage not the air in the cage.
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