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Old 03-12-2020, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,

I came across this website because this is basically my final hope.

I've had my hedgehog for almost half a year now and she has basically constantly been struggling with breathing issues.

At least every night both her nostrils are filled and she tries to open them up by sneezing.
But in the nights and early morning it is the worst.

Yesterday night her nostrils were so filled that her whole body was squeezing and trying to get them to open with no result for over an hour. As she slowly got out of breath she started to curl onto her back and felt near death.

I felt like getting a video was the best I could do so I could maybe atleast get some proper help online.

I have been with my hedgehog to multiple vet's and I ended up at one where they said they had experience with heggies so I trusted them paid around 500+ let them do Xray , Lab tests of the stuff in her nose but the only advice I basically got was to make sure there is enough humidity in the cage. And didn't mention it being an URI , though for me this is the only explaination.

She eats properly , she drinks properly. Her feces are good and nothing out of the ordinary.
She walks , and runs in the hallway without any issues it's just these very big moments where she struggles so much to breathe and get her nose clear. Nose is very wet and sometimes extremely dry. I am afraid of losing her the next time this happens , tho I'm also considering putting her to permanent sleep because it's horrible to watch and have her in my hands just grasping for air.

I can provide pictures of everything to give a better idea if nessecary of the way she is living. But I really need some help and the Vet's over here for sure are not sadly.

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Old 03-12-2020, 06:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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She needs to see a new vet now before she ends up with pneumonia. This is nothing that can be treated at home.
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Old 03-17-2020, 10:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That sounds pretty serious, I would suggest not ruling anything out. Bedding, food, scents, anything in the air could be giving her allergies or making her have a reaction. I would suggest trying to find a new, reliable vet.
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Old 03-20-2020, 01:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I am well aware of the need of a proper vet.

Sadly around here there is nothing close by and I've done some calls to some specialists abt 2-3 hrs drive away and they reccomend me a CT Scan of 500-600 euro's. Though I don't care about money and just want her to get better , I can't really afford this anymore after spending equal on my previous visits. With the X-ray's , Lab tests etc having 0 results I am afraid of that happening again with this scan.

Maybe some background info can give some insight on what's going on.

So I bought her at a petstore which was already a bit of a mistake since they gave me very bad advice like they wanted me to take a Terrarium & Scented paper pallets.
I removed the windows for better airflow , took non scented paper pallets for her toilet place only. Started with Fleece which she ended up either being allergic for or just bad reactions towards it so I changed to Cotton liners. She has everything of cotton now , sleeping bags , little house etc. I bought a Air Filter for the room and try to clean her cage often washing the liners with water , non scented soap , Vinegar and once again water.

Basically since the start that I bought her she was already with a full nose sometimes , and mainly throughout this past half year things got worse and worse. We went to multiple vets , ended up at one that had somewhat of a clue or atleast they said they did. We tried some airway medicine , injections , nose droplets , Xray & Lab tests.

Food wise I give her high quality cat food , sometimes a bit of apple , mealworms , phoenix worms. Normal water to the side. And she also has a exercise wheel.

Really unsure what else I can do or try , wherever I go it feels like they just try to take advantage of the situation instead of actually helping. Maybe because of the bad experience now but I am considering putting her to sleep since I don't want her to suffer either.

Would like to add some pictures but links seem to break when I do

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