Sneezing - Hedgehog Central – Hedgehog pet care & owner forum
Hedgehog Central GalleryForum Archives Facebook Link

Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-21-2009, 09:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
Hooked on Hogs
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Posts: 8,950
Default Sneezing

Since this is a topic that comes up so often, I'm adding the information from my website as a sticky.

Often hedgehogs new to a home will be sneezing. Frequently these are hedgehogs that have come from a petstore but can happen with hedgehogs from breeders to.

At times the change in environment can cause a bit of sneezing. This is usually random sneezes that go away in a day or two.

Certain beddings can cause allergies as well as nose irritation and sneezing. All loose beddings such as shavings of any type, Carefresh, Yesterdays News, shredded paper etc are dusty and depending on the individual hedgehog can cause a reaction.

Often to those unfamiliar with hedgehogs it can be difficult to tell if the hedgehog is truly sneezing or is a normal little snuffling sound. Listening closely and watching the hedgehog will show the difference. Often a hedgehog that is sneezing will also be licking his/her nose frequently. While hedgehogs do lick their noses and some more than others, it should be assumed that a hedgehog that is sneezing and also licking their nose has a runny nose.

Runny noses are not always a concern. There can be some clear liquid with an allergy or nose irritation. Clear mucous can also be a sign of a upper respiratory infection (URI).

Any thick, cloudy or coloured mucous means infection and the hedgehog needs to be treated by a vet ASAP.

Any sneezing combined with a runny nose or excessive nose licking should be checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible. UTI’s can quickly turn to pneumonia which is very often fatal or leaves life long health problems.

The first thing to do if your hedgehog is sneezing is to put him or her on cloth cage liners. A temporary liner can be a pillow case, flannel baby receiving blanket, or T-shirt. Ensure there are no loose threads or raw edges to the fabric. Never use a towel or any loose woven or loopy fabric as the threads can get wrapped around tiny nails. You can also buy polar fleece at the fabric store and cut to fit the cage. Fleece does not need to be hemmed as it doesn’t leave raw edges.

Once you have something to use as a liner, wash it and double rinse with a bit of vinegar in the rinse water to cut the laundry soap residue. Either dryer dry or hang inside to dry. Do not hang outside as allergens and pollens can attach to the liners.

Within 24 hours of using a liner, if the sneezing is an allergy or caused by dusty bedding, the sneezing should have either quit or lessened immensely. If there is no change, a vet visit is a must.

URI’s must not be left untreated as they will NOT go away on their own and the hedgehog will continue to get sicker until it is too late.

Whenever there is a concern about the possibility of the hedgehog being ill, care must be taken to ensure the hedgehog remains warm enough and is eating well. In the case of a respiratory infection, a sign that it is turning to pneumonia is decreased eating. Count the kibble you give him or her and count again in the morning and again in the evening. Keep track of how much the hedgehog is eating. Ensure he is drinking and watch his urine and fecal output. Often green or slimey poop indicate increasing infection.

At any time if the hedgehog is lethargic, unsteady on his feet, decreased appetite, decreased urine and feces, runny eyes, runny nose, and sneezing, he is a sick hedgehog and needs to see the vet IMMEDIATELY.

Any sneezing that increases in frequency, is combined with excessive nose licking and does not go away in 24 hours with a change to cloth liners must be checked out by a vet. The sooner a respiratory infection is treated, the easier it is to treat and better chance of a complete cure. Leaving a URI untreated will have deadly consequences for your hedgehog.

Used with permission from Nancy at TheHedgieDen
* * * Nancy * * *

Retired from breeding

Rescue contact for both the Hedgehog Welfare Society and the IHA
Rescued over 70 (and counting) hedgehogs needing a new home
Nancy is offline   Quick reply to this message
Closed Thread

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hedgehog Central – Hedgehog pet care & owner forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How Much Sneezing is Too Much? Sonics1AndOnlyGirl Respiratory Infections 7 07-03-2013 07:29 PM
Sneezing mandie121089 Health 3 11-26-2012 07:08 PM
sneezing?? SpiritWolves1 Health 6 11-14-2012 05:49 PM
Sneezing? Jazzie Health 0 11-03-2012 12:17 AM
Sneezing Nancy Hedgehog Health FAQs and Important Topics 0 12-31-1969 08:00 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:51 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum