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Old 01-02-2014, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sneezing just 'cause he's cold?

I noticed that Henrik was sneezing a little more than usual really early this morning - definitely not having sneezing fits, just enough that I thought "Hmm, he's sneezing more than I've heard him sneeze before."

I went over to his cage and thought that it felt a little cooler over there than usual - checked the thermostat and it said the room is at 72 degrees. I turned up the heat a little and then took Henrik out of his cage and have been cuddling him for a couple of hours. When I first let him crawl around on my lap, he was licking his nose a lot. His nose wasn't really drippy or anything, and there's definitely no mucus or anything visible.

Now that he's been in my lap for a couple of hours, and has snuggled up all nice and warm, he's totally stopped sneezing and isn't licking his nose anymore. He's very energetic (scampering all around the bed, so cute).

Do hedgehogs start sneezing/licking nose just because they're a little cold? He seems totally normal now. He's on the exact same bedding that I've had him on since I got him, so nothing there has changed. Haven't introduced any weird smells or anything...

I know URIs are stuff to worry about, but everything other than the sneezing is right on track with his normal behavior. If anything, he's been a little MORE energetic today than usual.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't be too worried about a little sneezing, especially if it stopped. He might have gotten something up in there that tickled, or the air was dry and made his nose irritated, or any number of things. Keep an eye on him, keep his cage warm, and if he doesn't start showing any symptoms I wouldn't worry about it.
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