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Old 11-04-2013, 01:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hedgehog sneezing and runny nose. Help!

Here's a little background on Quilbur:

She is about 10 months old. She is currently doing some light quilling, and I've given her two oatmeal baths in the past month and a half for her (I didn't want to overdo it and cause more damage to her skin). I also treat her with Vitamin E drops once a week to soothe her skin. I'm currently in the process of changing foods (Purina Chicken and Rice to Simply Nourish Chicken and Rice. She is on fleece liners as of the past few weeks because her CareFresh bedding was too dusty. She wheels, eats, and drinks normally (I give her about 50 kibble, she usually eats about 40). I keep the room at about 78 degrees (I have a space heater since our heating isn't that great in my apartment). I also use a humidifier since the air is a lot drier now.

I just picked her up to check on her like I do every morning/afternoon, and she has sneezed about ten times in the past 5 minutes, and her nose seems much wetter than usual (she keeps licking it). Her eyes are clear and bright, though, so no other symptoms other than the wet nose and sneezing.

I don't know if this is possible, but I'm currently going through a cold/allergy episode this week myself. Could I possibly be passing something on to her? I'm good about washing my hands before and after I handle her, but I know that things can be passed on through the air.

I do have an exotic veterinarian I've taken her to for her checkups...should I give him a call or bring her in? I just worry so much because Quilbur is my best friend in the whole world and I want to make sure she stays happy and healthy.
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you washing the liners in scented detergent or softener? Sometimes that can cause a reaction. If you can't think of any other possible cause for it (dust picked up from somewhere else, new smells in the apartment (air fresheners, etc.) or on you (new perfume, strongly scented body wash, etc.) that might be too strong for her, anything like that), I'd go ahead and call the vet for an appointment in the next couple days - sounds like you may have caught a URI pretty early, which is good! It should be easier to take care of if you get her in soon & get meds started.
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use arm and hammer unscented detergent for sensitive skin. I have allergies to scented detergents anyway, so she landed in the right hands, huh?

I gave her vet a call and hope to hear back soon! And I do hope I caught whatever it is early. I just want my baby girl to feel better!
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