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Old 03-14-2018, 11:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi ya'll! I'm new here so I'm sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong place...

In December last year, my mother surprised me with a hedgehog! I'd wanted one for ages. I was told that it was a female and about a year old. She has been awesome, very friendly and tame and Oh so cute. Anyway, timeskip to two days ago and I found her barely moving and breathing really fast. My guess is that got too cold after managing to flip over her water bowl. Its the first time she's done this. I immediately wrapped her up in blankets and used one of those microwavable heating pads. I sat with her for a few hours until she started moving and walking again. She ate a little and drank. But I kept her with me the entire day and night. The next day she was close to perfect. Walking normally, very energetic, drinking a lot of water but she didn't want her cat food so I gave her egg and worms instead. She had a large appetite but didn't eat as fast as she used to. Jump to today and she's sleeping a lot, a little lethargic although still eating a lot and drinking. Also when I take her out of her cage, she doesn't want to walk and explore, she takes a few slightly wobbly steps then lays down and wants to sleep. Should I take her to the vet? Or is this normal in terms of recovering from the hibernation incident? Is it possible that this is because of heat? It's been really hot today as it is most days (I live in South Africa)

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I think your hedgie is still recovering, but if this happened to my hedgie, I would take him to the vet if things get worse or stay the same in a few days. Hedgehogs prefer heat so I think the temperature of South Africa is fine for him/her. What is the temp. there? Maybe it's too hot?
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I think your hedgie is still recovering, but if this happened to my hedgie, I would take him to the vet if things get worse or stay the same in a few days. Hedgehogs prefer heat so I think the temperature of South Africa is fine for him/her. What is the temp. there? Maybe it's too hot?
Hi! Thanks for replying I'll definitely have a vet visit if this persists. Well today it was 32 degrees which I think is about 89 degrees Fahrenheit. Is that too hot? I have a ceramic tile in the corner of her cage incase she wants to sit on something cool.
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If a hedgehog isn't 100% normal after being warmed then it's always time for a vet appointment. It should never last more than a couple of hours. She may be sick now as a hibernation attempt often leads to a weakening of the immune system.
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If a hedgehog isn't 100% normal after being warmed then it's always time for a vet appointment. It should never last more than a couple of hours. She may be sick now as a hibernation attempt often leads to a weakening of the immune system.
Oh no �� The problem is that there are only two vets in my town. The one I usually go to doesn't deal with hedgies, I don't know if the other one does, but I refuse to take my hedgie to him. He is notorious for being a horrible guy. Pretends to have euthanised people's pets but actually sells them and overcharges "certain" people (he's a blazing racist ). Honestly, I have no idea how he's still in business. But yeah, I was hoping she'd recover without a vet visit because I'll only be able to drive to an out of town vet on Saturday due to work .
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It is a major problem if you don't have a vet you can go to. Hedgehogs are known to get sick, especially when older. You NEED to find a vet you can take her to.
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It is a major problem if you don't have a vet you can go to. Hedgehogs are known to get sick, especially when older. You NEED to find a vet you can take her to.
I'll definitely take her on Saturday. The town I live in is really small and it's a 4 hour drive to the nearest big city. Maybe I should think about re-homing my hedgie then? After she gets better of course. I love her but if she's going to get sick a lot, I won't be able to drive there all the time
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Re-homing is entirely up to you, but you do need to consider whether you can properly take care of her (her health will only get worse as she gets older, of course). Is it worth the drive, worth the money, worth the stress? And ultimately, what is best for the hedgehog? It would just be awful if something terrible did happen to her, but there was no one you could bring her to
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