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Old 07-31-2014, 07:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Huffing bath water - help needed!

Hey all!

So I've come to realize Benny hates the bath, and almost ALWAYS puts his nose in and huffs some up! Afterwards he sneezes a bit out, and then his nose sounds a lil squeaky for a while after.

I'm scared huffing poopy bath water is going to cause an URI, it's basically inevitable. So what I'm getting at is:

Anyone have tips on how to stop him from breathing in bath water, or anything else i can do to prevent an infection?

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Old 07-31-2014, 09:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First question - How often are you bathing him? He really doesn't need it more than twice a month if that.

If you are just giving him foot baths, try soaking a towel in water and putting him on it. His weight will depress the towel surrounding his feet with water but if his nose hits it he shouldn't snort up as much water.

Also, it might be hard to hold a wiggly wet hedgehog but perhaps holding him while rinsing and washing and not letting him down in water might help. You can also create an island in a tub, so you pour water on him, wash him and rinse without him actually having to be in the water. Hope that last part made sense.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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He only gets a full bath once a month, I'm referring to foot baths primarily! If it only happened with a full bath id understand, but it can be shallow enough water to just cover his feet! I swear he does it on purpose!

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Old 08-02-2014, 08:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My kids behaved similarly at first. They have quit it for the most part but still, occasionally, *sneeze* sigh.
I really like the wet towel idea. I may try that for poopy feet.
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