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Old 01-29-2014, 05:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Still licking his nose and sneezing, even after treatment

The subject pretty much covers it. I've been giving him his medicine and he's still licking his nose and sneezing a bit more than even before the antibiotics. Is it just a viral thing like a cold that will go away or is it probably time for a check up at the vet again?
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would say probably time for another check-up at vet's. He may need a different antibiotic.
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I would say probably time for another check-up at vet's. He may need a different antibiotic.
^^^This... and ask about having a culture and sensitivity test done.
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Oof, Colin, what's it gonna take to get you better? Alright, I'll make a round 2 appointment for Friday and hopefully have a positive update.
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They checked his lungs and said they were perfect so it's all still just upper. They took cultures from his nose and are doing sensitivity tests this weekend, I'll know more on Monday or Tuesday. They kept praising him on his behaviour; I guess most hedgehogs don't react well to having cotton shoved up their itty noses All in all, he's perfectly healthy, other than his unusually runny nose and that's getting sorted out.
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Pig started sneezing back in November and it lasted for two months. After three rounds of two different antibiotics it wasn't completely going away, so the vet said he thought it was allergies because his lungs were clear and he wasn't really producing mucus when he sneezed. I cleaned my apartment top to bottom, and got an inexpensive air purifier and humidifier, and he's hardly sneezed since (knock on wood). You could try that while you wait for test results and see if that helps.
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Awesome idea! I think we have a purifier somewhere; we have like 5 humidifiers, I used to get sick a lot, lol. Anyway, the vet called and said they're not having any growth whatsoever on the cultures, which is good, they said, they're not finding anything, they're going to give it another day though, just in case. From what they can tell though it's not infectious and it really is just a runny nose, so they've suggested these superly inexpensive allergy meds that could help cut back on the runnyness and I brought up the purifier, which he also said would be a good idea.

So it's nothing threatening, and I can even pick up the medi's at the pharmacy.
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Awesome news! Personally, I'd give the cleaning and air purifier a few days to work before trying another medication. But that's just me - I'm wary of giving animals people medicine. I took Pig to my parents' for a couple days while I did a super thorough cleaning of my apartment (so he wasn't around while I kicked up all the dust), then I let the air purifier run for a day before he came back.
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