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Old 09-25-2017, 07:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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im using recycle paper which is sold in pet shop and i live in tropical country that normal temperature is around 28c (room temp) so i dont need any heater to keep Zoro warm right? but he keep sneezing. around 4-5 times a day..

he eats, drinking, playing normaly but he keeps on sneezing. but it's slow down after his bath and when i change the bedding.. normally when i give him a bath, he will stop sneezing for about 2 days. i assume that this problem relies on his bedding. i had in mind to change the bedding from recycled paper to fleece. but can anyone suggest me what is the best way to do other than see the vet(since i still havent found any vet that can look up on Zoro nearby)

i just gave him a bath and change his bedding.. and he looks fine for now..
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Old 09-25-2017, 04:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would recommend changing his bedding to fleece first, he may have a slight allergy to the bedding you are currently using. Sometimes hedgehogs just sneeze, as humans, sometimes they just have allergies like humans that causes them to sneeze more often. they may also be developing a respiratory infection. I would change his bedding and see if this makes a difference especially if you notice that it does alter when he has fresh bedding/ a bath. Does he have any discharge around his eyes or nose?
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everytime he sneezing, he will lick his nose. and his eyes looks normal so far.

is it normal for a hedhehog snoring when they sleep?
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Old 09-26-2017, 06:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Snoring? Does his breathing sound labored or really loud?
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Old 09-27-2017, 09:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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nope.. he looks deep in sleep.. didnt even flinch when loud noises surround him.. am i giving him a hard time? hahaha
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Old 09-27-2017, 09:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My boy makes only what I can describe as a 'coo-ing' sound sometimes when he is in a deep sleep maybe ^.^ ~ i think this sound is ok? I hope! He's always done it
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glad to know that.. since he worn himself out late night and snoring after that..

for now, im bought a new fleece for my hedgehog. but i wash it first using the same detergent that i always use then sleep with those fleece after its dry.. haha..

i heard that it helps hedgehog to know its owner smells. is it right?

and i throw out his bedding.
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That's good you got hold of some fleece. It's best to wash it with a non-scented/non-perfumed detergent though (for sensitive skin one) as the smell of scented ones can bother them and even lead to skin or uri issues, especially if your hog already seems sensitive to his previous bedding with sneezing issues. My boy used to sneeze quite a lot and I soon realised it was the detergent (even though it was a sensitive and additive free one, it still has a very slight soapy scent to me >< so I only put a tiny bit in now and then rinse again with white distilled vinegar afterwards. It is recommended to add white distilled vinegar when washing to help break up the detergent (and urine smell!) so there isn't much residue left on the fleece or do a water rinse one more time without detergent.

Yes that's right, people normally just put an old tshirt that they've worn to bed or for a couple days in their sleeping area so they become familiar with their scent ~ haha you don't have to sleep with the fleece unless you want to! ^.^
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thanks alot ^^ . your advice help me alot. i'll monitor him for this week and see what happen first. hoping for the best outcome.
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Old 09-28-2017, 08:04 AM   #10 (permalink)
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That's ok ~ just watch the sneezing, if it gets worse or doesn't get better after changing the bedding over or if he starts getting any discharge from his nose or eyes you need to take him straight to a vet for antibiotics, as he could develop a URI.
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