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Old 04-15-2016, 04:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Unsure of symptoms URI?

Recently got a female hedgie, name tortilla. I housed her in fleece blanket and pee pad area for her toilet.

After letting her play with another male hedgie that is housed in recycled paper (it states 99% dust free) bedding, she developed more frequent sneezing than usual, where only once a day (normally after waking up). Highly suspect that possible allergy towards that bedding.

It seems fine after transferring her back into her fleece housing just symptom of frequent sneezing. She was active, eating, drinking well.

After a couple of weeks, her symptom got worse, there is nasal discharge (cloudy jelly like substance) and will frequently wheeze when breathing especially in the night. However, She doesn't seem to be sick. She is still as active, eating and drinking well. The only problem is her breathing symptoms as she might breathe harder than usual.

I am really suspecting URI or even has progressed into pneumonia. Is it really true? I really need confirmation. since she doesnt seem to be sick and still active and eating well. Even her poop looks normal.

Also, if it is really URI or pneumonia, what medication/treatment/antibiotics are available to treat? any drugs I can get without prescription? I know they can't take human drug or antibiotics. Or are there any other remedies I can try?
I am living in an area where exotic vet are not available. This pet is not commonly available here and couldnt go for vet consultation (Mayb a waste of money as vet don't have the knowledge)
Vet available are only for guinea pig/rabbit/cat/dog/common small animals.
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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She does need to go to a vet, unfortunately. Go to one that has experience with other small mammals, who's willing to see her and do research and consult with other vets that do have experience. It sounds like she does have a URI and if so, she'll need antibiotics. There is no home remedy, things will just get worse until she gets medication.

Edit: you should also be treating her like she's pregnant if she was with a male, which means you'll want to find a loose bedding that isn't too dusty to switch her to. Hedgehogs mate quickly and you don't want her to give birth on fleece if she is pregnant. You can't clean the cage for 6 weeks with babies.

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Old 04-15-2016, 09:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for your reply.

Any recommended antibiotics for such URI?I mean you can let me know the brand, dosage, period of administering etc.

Since the vet is not specialist in exotic, I can get information from you guys to ensure the medication I got is suitable for her.

Any bedding recommended too? since she developed respiratory problem to even 99% dust free recycled paper.

Also, any other symptoms to look out for in case there is worsen of condition?
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think Baytril is one commonly used. The generic name is enrofloxacin. Amoxicillin is another one, that's the generic name - it's usually given as Clavamox, I think? Usually they're given either every 12 hours or every 24 hours, I'm not sure how that's decided, and I don't know what typical dosages are. I believe that's usually calculated based on weight of hedgehog & possibly the extent of the illness. Your vet may need to consult with a vet from another area or another country that has experience with hedgehogs & can advise on the dosages & such.

Wood beddings aren't usually used by most people, but could be worth looking into & see if she has a negative reaction to them. Kiln-dried pine and aspen are both safe. How long has it been since she was last with the male? Once she's past 55 days, you'll know she isn't pregnant. To be honest, if she does give birth while she's sick, the babies don't stand a very good chance anyway as you'll need to keep handling her to medicate her & that may stress her enough to kill/eat the babies. But doesn't hurt to try & be prepared as long as it doesn't compromise mom's health. If she shows negative reactions to the wooden bedding as well, it'd probably be best to stick with fleece even if she does end up having the babies on it.

With the extent of her respiratory symptoms already, I'm not sure how much worse that might get, really. But she may quit eating yet, so be prepared to syringe-feed, just in case. They can't go more than a day or two without eating & need to be force-fed if they won't eat on their own.
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Please don't let her near the male again, not even for a minute to visit. Every time she's near him it causes her to ovulate and ovulating over and over like that isn't healthy for her and can cause the male to be frustrated and that's not healthy for him. There's a good chance she's pregnant and you need to be prepared for that. Please please keep them separate from now on hedgehogs don't need to play with other hedgehogs
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