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Old 04-27-2014, 02:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought my hedgehog Ray 6 days ago from a place called Sierra Aquatics in Reno, Nevada, and since I've bought him I've found out that he has Mites and a respiratory infection. I have taken him to the vet and Ray was prescribed some antibiotics for the infection and another treatment for the mites. This is his third day of the antibiotics and he doesn't seem to be getting better at all, maybe even worse. He's having trouble breathing, his nose is now slightly dry instead of running. He also seems to be pretty low on energy, sleeping for most of the day, and when he does wake, he does not move around much. Also he tends to twitch occasionally. I'm not sure if he has the hiccups or what, it could be nothing but it still worries me. He is still eating, thankfully, but he doesn't seem as interested in food as I thought a hedgehog would be. He will just walk past meal worms like they're not even there. This is my first hedgehog so I am turning to the community. Please help!
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Old 04-27-2014, 12:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not all hedgehogs like mealworms so don't judge his food intake by that. Count what kibble you give him to ensure he is eating and how much. Also try putting some of his kibble in his bed with him. Often when sick they will eat if it's right there with them. You should be prepared to start syringe feeding him.

What type of bedding are you using for him? If shavings or a loose commercial type bedding such as Carefresh, take him off it and use liners. A pillow case will work for a quick liner. Also flannel baby receiving blankets, or you can buy fleece. Don't use anything like a towel as their nails and toes can get caught in the loops. Loose types of bedding are dusty and would aggravate his respiratory infection.

Sometimes antibiotic takes a while to work and show improvement. It is a concern that he seems to be getting worse but sleeping all day is normal for a hedgehog. They typically sleep all day and are up at night. Being sick will also make him less active than normal plus he is a baby and babies sleep a lot.

Keep him warm, count and keep track of the kibble he eats and access how he is tomorrow. If you still think he is going downhill, I'd put a call in to the vet. Possibly he needs a stronger antibiotic.
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