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Old 12-26-2013, 08:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I cannot tell if my hedgehog is dead or hibernating. She is cold but not stiff.. right now it is about 7:30pm and has been like this since early this morning.. maybe a bit longer. The heater in the room she lives in broke and it got really cold.. she is usually in 78degrees. How can I tell for sure that she is dead or what do I do if she is hibernating to bring her out of it safely? I know that it is dangerous for them

any advice would be awesome and the only exotic vet is closed today.. I called other vets and they said they do not know anything about hedgehogs..
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Use your body heat to try and warm her up, right against your skin is best.

Another option is a heating pad on low, but body heat is safer. Good luck.
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I am using a heating pad (45min now) still no response.. also tried my body heat earlier and she just didn't seem to be getting any warmer. : (
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Is she breathing or responding at all? It sounds like at this point, you need to take her into a vet, regardless of whether they know about hedgehogs or not. Call your regular vet & see if they have an emergency line or anything like that. If not, call one of the other vets back & explain that she's attempting hibernation & you just need someone with some animal experience to look at her, and perhaps provide an incubator & warm fluids in an IV. It does sound like she needs immediate medical attention though. She should've warmed up at least a little by now if it were a normal hibernation attempt.
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What posture is your hedgehog in? Balled up?

You will need vet care ASAP if there are any signs of life for IV fluids and supportive care. They can push warm IV fluid to help warm up internals.

How old?
How long have you been warming her?
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Any vet can look up the Merck small mammal manual which describes the easiest way to locate where to start the IV and ideal temp.


Here is the Merck Manual http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/exot...hedgehogs.html

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She is 3 and is on her stomach (pretty limp). I cannot tell if she is breathing at this point. My boyfriend is a vet tech and an hour ago said he might have felt her breath a little. No response to any stimuli, mouth is still moist. The odd thing is that she isn't stiff so that is why I am questioning hibernation. I work at the museum of natural sciences so I have a decent amount of experience with exotics. I would have to see if there is an emergency vet clinic that could treat her but no luck so far.

Just checked on her again and she just doesn't seem to be warming up even with the warm towel over her and the heating pad.
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I also am able to give Subcutaneous Fluids to animals, just haven't done it to a hedgehog before.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:17 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Just confirmed that she has passed away.. she is now stiff : (

have to burry her now, so sad!
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Oh, I'm so sorry.
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