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Old 03-13-2020, 11:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pepper is about 2 years old. He runs on his wheel fairly regularly and long. I clean his cage often and I clean his wheel every night. He’s considered to be “well fed” by an exotic vet however she doesn’t consider him overweight. He has no discharge in his eyes nor his nose. Occasionally I can hear his breathing be deep and heavy but only if he’s in his cage, if I take him out during that, it doesn’t continue when he’s sleeping on my bed. I have a heat lamp in there as well. I wanted to see if any hedgehog owners would think this would be a respiratory infection or if it may be because he’s chunky or what? He’s healthy as a recently as a checkup done less than 6mos ago.
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Can you maybe send us some pictures of him standing, walking, balling up, just to try and determine if he’s overweight.
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Sounds like its a good time to go back to the veterinarian to rule out any possible health issues. While it may be nothing, there are some serious health issues that can show up by something like what sounds like a dry cough, being out of breath while in a rested state, struggling to breath, etc. that if caught early can be treated (for example, congestive heart failure).
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Sounds like its a good time to go back to the veterinarian to rule out any possible health issues. While it may be nothing, there are some serious health issues that can show up by something like what sounds like a dry cough, being out of breath while in a rested state, struggling to breath, etc. that if caught early can be treated (for example, congestive heart failure).
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due to the COVID situation, my vet is closed. I changed his entire cage (I usually change his wheel side more often due to the usage difference). I wasn't noticing it when he was out in my bed, so I decided to change the cage to see if that was potentially causing it. I haven't been noticing it anymore, and i'd only noticed it a handful of times. he has had no other behavioural changes. No sneezing, nothing.
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this is a pic from not too long ago. I want to take him to vet asap, but im going to try calling before i bring him in. theyre the only exotic vet in my area so i have limited times. thanks for all your advice
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also his vet app was Jan 24. as of then hes super healthy and well taken care of.
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Took my wee bean to the vet. All is good, he's up 10grams so I need to feed little bit less. However, I've come to the conclusion with my vet that it may be due to him sweating. I noticed his belly being damp (not boy time or annointing or pee), and then from observations with his heat lamp OFF, there has been no breathing issues. so he may have been in his own way panting. He was only breathing like that while sleeping in his cage, but no more since his heat lamp has been off. It's getting warmer in my location so with my bay window open his temp hasnt gone below 72 F.

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Took my wee bean to the vet. All is good, he's up 10grams so I need to feed little bit less. However, I've come to the conclusion with my vet that it may be due to him sweating. I noticed his belly being damp (not boy time or annointing or pee), and then from observations with his heat lamp OFF, there has been no breathing issues. so he may have been in his own way panting. He was only breathing like that while sleeping in his cage, but no more since his heat lamp has been off. It's getting warmer in my location so with my bay window open his temp hasnt gone below 72 F.
I doubt it is sweating. I live in Thailand and we get 90 degree days everyday and all my hod did was spread apart but never sweat.
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