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Old 07-21-2020, 11:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New “popping” noise when breathing?

Hey all. My hedgehog, Olive, is 5 1/2 years old and I’ve had her her whole life but I’ve never heard her make this sound.

When she breaths, she makes a “pop” noise, along with the super occasional slight whistle. It sounds like she’s kinda plugged up? Almost like congestion, so that’s why I’m worried. She’s fast asleep on my shoulder right now and she’s still making the “pop”.

It honestly just started an hour ago, so I may just be paranoid. But if it’s something to take note of, I want to get ahead of it. I will take her to the vet if it persists or worsens, but in the meantime I wanted to ask here.

I’ll try attaching a video of her breathing Here:
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Old 07-21-2020, 11:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I’ll also add that she is currently eating, drinking, and running on her wheel, but it’s possible that she could only just be beginning to get sick. Her bedding and cage temperature have been consistent as well. She did go outside two days ago, and I’m wondering if something in the grass could have irritated her?
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Old 07-22-2020, 06:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Igor, my boy, has the same noises coming from him.
Some say it’s a symptom of respiratory infection (URI), while others say it’s normal.
My personal opinion would be to wait 2 weeks, see if it worsens, gets better or stays the same.
If it stays the same or worsens, I’d take them to the vet for antibiotics.

But, I’d also wait for someone more experienced with this topic to add something to it, just for in case I’m wrong 😅
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