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Old 10-22-2015, 12:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello...so my little Butter had been sneezing for a while and it wasn't until I noticed a little mucus on his nose that I changed into some fleece fabric(he was using aspen). His sneezing decreased but it's still there, and I'll find some mucus every now and then. I took him to the vet three days ago but sadly I live in a small town and the only vet here hasn't treated hedgehogs before , he didn't give me a straight answer on what my little Butter might have and gave me some antibiotics for him. I'm just a little worried that he might have a respiratory infection since I noticed yesterday he hasn't been eating as much as he usually does (he's a little piggy)

I just wanted to know if antibiotics will help with whatever it is he has. Sorry for the long wall of text
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Old 10-22-2015, 12:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If it's bacterial, antibiotics will generally help. If it's viral it won't help at all.
Specifically what antibiotics were you given, what's the dosage?
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I believe they were bacterial, his dosage is 1/8 of a pill. If it helps the name of the medication he received is Baytril Taste Tabs
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Baytril is commonly given for URIs. It just might take more time for the antibiotics to start helping. Keep a close eye on his food intake. If he stops eating completely, you'll need to syringe-feed him to get food into him until he's feeling better and will eat on his own again.
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Thank you I just wanted to know if he was receiving the right treatment! I'll keep an eye on him so far he's been eating and drinking.
I have one more question, are there any foods I could hide the medication, he won't take it willingly and I've been crushing it mixing with water and using a syringe but that's not fun for either of us. I tried hiding it in watermelon, but he won't eat it
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If your already grinding it up into a powder, try mixing it up with canned cat food.
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Another option is to contact your veterinarian and ask about having the pills compounded into a solution so that you can give a liquid medication to him.

If I recall correctly baytril tastes pretty nasty. My vet always sweetens it so that it is more palatable.
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Would mixing it with Gerber baby food be alright?
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If he'll eat it, yes
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