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Old 03-30-2017, 11:22 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome is a very rare disease which gets misdiagnosed all the time. Wobbliness is one of the first signs of a sick hedgehog in general - however, many people, including vets are too eager to name WHS as soon as a hedgehog starts shaking. Hedgehogs can get wobbly if they go into hibernation, don't get enough light, or aren't feeling well in general which can be caused by a great deal of many things.

WHS can only be diagnosed after death, by necropsy.

I agree, your heating setup sounds inadequate. What kind of heater do you have? Spot heating can cause hibernation, so you want the entire cage to be heated, not just a spot under his sleeping area. Especially if it is that hot.
Overhead heat (by a ceramic heat emitter) is also preferred.
The fact that he's more wobbly just after waking him up sounds more like it might be hibernation-related, esp. considering the way he's sitting (very still and looking "slow" as well). It certainly isn't fear.
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Old 03-31-2017, 02:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I've read through the posts on cage heating and lighting--lots of opinions.
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If going with a ceramic heater, any brand recommendations?
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Old 03-31-2017, 11:48 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I use a Fluker's 10 inch dome with a Zilla 100 watt CHE bulb. It is connected to a Reptitemp thermostat. I have a ZooMed digital thermometer too. Everything works great!
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I set a thermostat just in the open cage area for the "overall" temp. It was around 74-76 during the day today. I've moved his cage and also set up a light on a timer for 14 hrs of light. I did get a ceramic heat lamp (no light) that I will get set up tomorrow. I need a pole to hang it over the cage.
From what I've read here, good temps are around 75 degrees. Since I live in Arizona, it's not usually too cold here and if it is, it doesn't last for more than a day or two. It's been 75 in the house or warmer.
Going to see how this works for him and will get a vet apt scheduled as well.
Thanks so much for all of your help, thoughts, and suggestions on the matter!
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