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Old 02-12-2013, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default hedgie sneezing but no other signs of uri?

Hey guys so I know what the signs of a uri are, and I'm sorry to post, but I've looked at other posts and I'm still not sure what to do.

Fiona is two years old (almost...5 more days!). She is active around the house and in her wheel at night. She is fed 4 high quality cat foods and the occasional treat. Her bedding is aspen, but I am in the process of making her a new cage which will include fleece liners. The cage does not have heating now as her cage is always warm enough (although when it gets above 72 she seems to get to warm...she won't sleep with her blankets in her igloo and kinda just splats out on her wood chips).

Anyways, a few days ago, she sneezed twice while I had her out. But then nothing. Last night she sneezed again and seemed like she had a little stuffy nose, but only for a few minutes. Then she was breathing normal. She's still just as active and curious, her eating is normal, she is drinking normal, and her poop is fine. I watched her wheel a while last night and her breathing was normal (no sneezing or wheezing). Should I be concerned? I usually take her out after my shower...maybe she doesn't like my soap? I don't see visible mucous but it might be clear. Can't tell if she is licking her nose more than normal. Should I bring her to the vet? The earliest I can get her there is Friday =/
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If you use a scented soap, maybe try using a non-scented one to see if that's what's bothering her. You could also try taking her off aspen and just using a fleece blanket or a sheet (no holes, rips, etc.) for a temporary liner to see if that helps. Sometimes animals can develop allergies to things like wooden bedding, or maybe these shavings (if you just changed them, maybe) are dustier than usual and it's bothering her. I would go ahead and make an appointment now while you're trying those changes, just so you have it set, and if she doesn't stop sneezing after you try changing a couple things, take her in just in case. A few sneezes don't sound terribly bad, but...URIs can quickly get worse, and it's good to catch them early, so personally, I'd rather err on the cautious side.
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Yeah I'm going to try and see how she is tonight. Its not that I mind going to the vet, but she hates it. And I don't really like giving her medicine unless she needs it. It upsets her tummy a little. But I don't want to chance it.
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