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Old 03-09-2016, 12:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help! Headghog hibernation?

I fed my headghog last night. I noticed tonight that she didn't eat or drink her want. I tried to wake her up and she was in a full ball. I poked her and she barley moved or made sound.

Is see trying to hibernate? Or is she sick? I think of of my heat lamps went out last night to.

Now I have a heat source over her but she still won't uncurl.

Please help. Thank you.
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Try sticking her inside your shirt against your chest in a room with dim lighting. This will warm her up gradually and it should cause her to unball for you. Don't throw her in the tub or try to warm her up quickly as that can be dangerous.

What temperature is your current heat source? I'd set it to about 78-80F just to be sure it's warm enough. Better to splat than hibernate.

If she hasn't unballed for you by morning, I'd head to a vet who knows about hedgehogs, as she may need an IV or other treatment.
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I placed a heat lamp over her and she slowly unballed. She's up eating now and slowing commit back to normal.

I think her heat lamp kind of quit. It was still not but not giving off much. I just ordered a new one.

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Keep her extra warm for a few days after a hibernation attempt! And make sure she is eating/drinking. I learned that hard way that just because they are moving around does not mean they are done hibernating. She will also be more susceptible to sickness for a few days after a hibernation attempt since her immune system has been lowered and is more likely to try again sp keep an exTra close eye on her!
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