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Old 02-25-2019, 11:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So first things first, I've called my vet back home and waiting for a reply.

I just brought my hedgie to my residence with me and he was fine last night. I use a paper bedding and feed him cat food. He is 6 weeks old. His room was at 70ish but is now up to 72. Just recently today I noticed some not clear snot-- but not an infection colour. He is sneezing a bit. His nose licking isn't more frequent than usual. No change in behaviour. Eating and drinking. But, when I pick him up, he does make a slightly different noise. Occasionally his breath will whistle while he's sleeping and as he is sniffing beside me now, it seems like a clogged sound. No lethargy or anything.

Anyone think this is a URI? I am a new hedgie owner and am panicking.
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Old 02-25-2019, 03:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey there! Definitely wait for your vet’s professional opinion on it, but it sounds like something minor may be going on. The fact that he’s eating, drinking, and his behavior hasn’t seemed to change is a great sign, though! With that being said, the room temp is very much on the cool side; ideally, their house should be between 74-78, so if you don’t alreay, I would recommend a ceramic heat emitting lamp that you can place on top of his house for a more stable heat regulation.
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Just a point the lamp should have a thermostate to keep the temp consistant this means that if the temp drops below the set temp on the thermostate then it will automatically heat the cage - This is so you know if you don't already have a che set up
Other than that Aj.t said everything.
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Old 02-26-2019, 04:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey there! Definitely wait for your vet’s professional opinion on it, but it sounds like something minor may be going on. The fact that he’s eating, drinking, and his behavior hasn’t seemed to change is a great sign, though! With that being said, the room temp is very much on the cool side; ideally, their house should be between 74-78, so if you don’t alreay, I would recommend a ceramic heat emitting lamp that you can place on top of his house for a more stable heat regulation.
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Thank you so much! I was told 72-74 but I am trying to make it warmer. I did have a heat lamp but it was a fire hazard and I don't believe my school would allow it anyways. (I should probably mention he is an Emotional Support Animal in a school dorm). I ended up speaking to my specialist vet and another. They say it probably is a URI and started an anti-biotic treatment yesterday. His nose is running less and he is still sneezing. Despite his illness, he eats, drinks, runs and excretes everywhere! So overall, doing well.

After doing some searching online, I do believe it may just be a hedgehog cold but those can lead to URIs so better safe than sorry!
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Just a point the lamp should have a thermostate to keep the temp consistant this means that if the temp drops below the set temp on the thermostate then it will automatically heat the cage - This is so you know if you don't already have a che set up
Other than that Aj.t said everything.
I sadly can't have a heat lamp in my room so I have a thermometer on his cage and I make sure my room temp is set up high enough. I check it constantly but if the problem persists, I will absolutely get a heat lamp, thanks!
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What cage do you have ??
I saw why in your other post, so I'm just wondering what type of cage you have.
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What cage do you have ??
I saw why in your other post, so I'm just wondering what type of cage you have.
My parents bought it so not 100% sure. It's made by Kaylee (?). Plastic bottom and partial top with metal bars.
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Oh okay I see, you can have a che with types of cages without it being a fire risk as long as you buy the dome clamp lamp and put it on the stand you can buy for them. Theres a little flat bit that has to go under the cage or the stand doesnt actuall stay up right. As long as you remember the watt off bulb you can use its not going to be a fire risk. They dont at any hotter than a radiator so wont be anymore dangerouse than one.
Its quite a high temperature and sometimes although the hog is happy the person may not be too happy in such a heat. Which is why che set ups are amazing, also it keeps the temp more consistent. But I understand why you cant get one.
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Oh okay I see, you can have a che with types of cages without it being a fire risk as long as you buy the dome clamp lamp and put it on the stand you can buy for them. Theres a little flat bit that has to go under the cage or the stand doesnt actuall stay up right. As long as you remember the watt off bulb you can use its not going to be a fire risk. They dont at any hotter than a radiator so wont be anymore dangerouse than one.
Its quite a high temperature and sometimes although the hog is happy the person may not be too happy in such a heat. Which is why che set ups are amazing, also it keeps the temp more consistent. But I understand why you cant get one.
Thanks for the advice! I'm tempted to just bring the one I have anyways to school with me. Although the thermometer in my room says it's almost 74, I am freezing and that could mean my hedgie is too! I would definitely hope not as I do my best to make sure he's warm. I'll just have to see and hopefully make the one I have work. Thanks again!
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What do you have ?? Because I had one that I could fix to a vivarium (because I was planning on swapping cages when I brought the set up) and then I just rested it on the top of the bars, so it was the bulb in the holder with a guard around it I think I actually had it in the gaurd upside down too and held it up higher to the top of (well bottom because it was upside down) with some zip ties. The bars dont accaully get hot either so if you touch them you want get hurt or anything.
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