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Old 07-06-2014, 05:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I am getting a but worried now. My hedgehog, Adella, is showing signs (I think) of illness.

The other day when I was holding her she sniffed my hand and left a trace of clear fluid which I presume is snot. I confirmed it was from her nose and started doing what I could about researching for problems that are respiratory or similar.

She's on fleece bedding and nothing has changed except maybe the temperature has been a bit warmer since it's summer. No hotter than 78-80 degrees.

The reason why I'm posting this now is that as I'm sitting here it sounds like wind is blowing outside, but then I realized it's Adella sleeping. This has me concerned. Is it possible that this is a respiratory infection?

If it is, does she need to go to the emergency vet ASAP or can she wait a day or two until we can schedule something with a hedgehog vet (which isn't a long trip, maybe 10 minutes). If she does need an emergency vet, will they know enough about hedgehogs that they can help her? They treat exotics, but I doubt they commonly treat hedgehogs.
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Old 07-06-2014, 05:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I forgot to mention, she has been eating and drinking the same, though ever since we picked her up from the breeder she's been underweight. She has stayed the same as far as weight goes. She wheels practically all night long and that has stayed the same. I have had to clean her eyes a few times as there has been mucus in her right eye only. I don't know if that's considered discharge or if that's normal. She has light hours of around 14 hours a day.

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My hedgehog, Gretta, recently had a runny nose like you are describing, but her breathing was normal.
I would be more concerned because of the sound she is making. I've never had a hedgie with a respiratory infection, so I'm not sure what to look out for.
But I do know that when hedgehogs get sick they can decline rapidly.
I'm not sure what I would do. I would definitely get her into a vet as soon as possible, but I don't know enough about URI to know if this would be an emergency. Listen to your gut and do what you think is best. Hopefully someone with experience with respiratory conditions will respond soon.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How is Adella doing?
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The breathing stopped and the nose is a bit better, so it might've been an allergy of some sort, but it doesn't seem like it was a respiratory infection.
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