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Old 02-08-2018, 01:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My Hedgehog has never had trouble with his food, but lately (The last two nights) he had been. He woke me up two times last night with a sort of wheezing/grunting noise. It would last a few seconds, but then I’d hear crunching like he was finishing eating a piece of food. He did it once tonight as well, and I don’t know know what suddenly is the problem? Someone please help! Is it an actual problem or am I just being a paranoid Hedgie Mom?
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Old 02-10-2018, 04:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That does sound like a possibility, but it's hard to know what to suggest for sure. Is there any way you can set up a webcam or something to see him at night & see what's causing the problem? Will he eat in front of you, to see if you can spot why he's having issues? Sometimes the shape of the food can cause choking, or cause the food to get stuck in the roof of their mouth & make them gag a bit, trying to get it out. But if he's never had issues with it before, I don't know that it'd be that. Another possibility is if he has something else going on inside his mouth making it harder for him to eat - a bad tooth, a lump, etc. If it keeps happening & you can't figure out exactly what's causing it, I don't think it'd hurt to schedule a vet appointment & see if they can get a thorough look of his mouth & throat, just in case.
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