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Old 04-23-2016, 10:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am proud to announce the arrival of my little baby, Primrose! When I went to pick her up at the breeders she would making this noise that I thought could just be huffing because she was irritated and moving to her new environment. After bringing her home, I soon realized she was actually sneezing, not huffing. She also occasionally has some clear mucus coming out of her noes and this morning it is dried and crusty. The breeder recently had an outbreak within her herd which she told me her vet said it was just a virus, and would pass. She told me she didn't realize the baby was sick and I could get some probiotics, Bene-Bac, for her to help boost her immune system, but other than that it's basically a waiting game for it to pass. The breeder did apologize and said that if anything furthers to let her know. I am going to the pet store today to try to find the probiotic and will begin giving it to her later today. Is there anything else I can do for her?

Edit: She is on fleece bedding now in her new cage but was on wood shavings when I visited her the first time, then pellets when I picked her up

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Old 04-23-2016, 10:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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With the history with that breeder I'd take her to the vet immediately, that is not normal and if it's a URI she can die. Not to scare you.

One recommendation when picking up a hedgehog is making sure they are healthy, no sneezing nor discharge from the nose.

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I visited her last Sunday and there was no sneezing or mucus. Yesterday when I picked her up I didn't realize that she was sneezing and believed it was huffing.
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I know it's hard to realize it but you have her now and I think you need a vet. Do you have any warranty on it? Especially if she is sick.

Mine had a 6 months warranty for congenital effects and lifetime for WHS.
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Its time for a veterinary visit. Sneezing doesn't usually just pass, it usually is a sign of an upper respiratory infection and will require medication from a veterinarian to treat. URIs in hedgehogs, if left untreated, can quickly progress to pneumonia. You may have no symptoms one day and a couple of days later be dealing with something much worse. Hedgehogs are amazing at hiding illness, they will act otherwise normal for as long as they can despite being extremely sick.

Probiotics are good for fixing bad flora in the GI, giving it a boost when they are on antibiotics, or have green stools from dietary changes or stress. They won't fix a URI.
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Old 04-23-2016, 04:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Posting from my phone, so I'm not sure if my picture or name looks the same. I will definitely be scheduling an appointment for a vet visit when they are open. It's making me so sad watching her sneeze constantly. Is there anything I can do for her in the mean time? She is only 7 weeks old and I brought her home yesterday.


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