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Old 02-26-2013, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Treating sneezing?

I think Piglet may have a URI and I want to take him to the vet, but I want to be sure before I go since money is a bit tight. Is there any sure-fire way to tell if a hedgie has a URI? Piglet has always been a frequent nose-licker ever since I got him (a little over 6 months ago), and he does sneeze occasionally, maybe several times throughout the week (that I hear). Does sneezing automatically mean a URI?

Also, let's say he doesn't have a URI, but since I can't tell the difference I take him to the vet and get him meds anyway. Will it hurt him to take meds if it turns out he isn't sick?

Thanks for your feedback. I've realized that the longer I have Piggy, the less I seem to know about hedgies... There's still so much to learn.
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ok, I made an appointment with the vet for this Thursday, just in case.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Treating sneezing?

i went through the same thing. im really short on cash, but fiona was sneezing a little more than usual. i know how quickly it can turn to pneumonia which is usually fatal, and that was just enough for me to take her in. i warned the vet that i wasnt sure, and he listened to her chest and although it seemed okay, he still gave her antibiotics just in case. better safe than sorry. i rather spend the $150 and its nothing than be sorry when its too late.

i dont like giving her antibiotics for no reason as it does upset her tummy, but its not terrible otherwise. i gave her probiotics to counter-balance.
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Default Re: Treating sneezing?

I haven't dealt with URIs before, but from what I've read, it's hard to tell for sure unless you go to the vet and have them check. I think they either listen to lungs, or could possibly do a swab of their nose? I'm not positive. Either way, I agree with fionas_mommy - better safe than sorry with URIs, since they can turn into pneumonia without treatment. They won't resolve themselves.

One other thing to think about though, is environment. If you use a dusty bedding (like Carefresh or wooden shavings), scented detergent/softener on the liners, any new scents in the room (especially candles, etc.) could all cause sneezing as well. But if you're not sure, then it definitely doesn't hurt to go to the vet.
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