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Old 04-14-2019, 09:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know this is absolutely terrible , but a few nights ago I got home late and hadn’t seen Zepplin all night. So I took her out, and ended up falling asleep with her, and when I was sleeping she crawled out of the bed and fell onto the ground. I noticed yesterday that in between her nostrils there’s this lighter spot that looks like a split, and today there a little speck of red on it. She’s been licking it a lot but she just licks her nose a lot in general. She’s not been acting different to my knowledge. But I don’t know if it’s just from her snout lighting or if it’s an injury.
I did the best I could with the photos, they wouldn’t focus.
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I’m pretty positive it’s a spit injury in the nose.
It’s not bleeding or anything and she doesn’t appear to be scratching it. Is there anything I can do to help it heal???
Here are some close ups of it
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey there! It definitely looks like she hit her nose on impact. Kinda looks more like a bruise would rather than an open wound. These are better as there’s no increased way to get infected. Keep an eye out on her over the next couple days. If it doesn’t start to clear up then I’d recommend a vet visit.
With that being said, a fall off the bed isn’t the worst thing that could happen given the bed isn’t too high up. Christina has fallen off my bed before and barely cut her lip but it cleared up by the next morning. Don’t think you’re a bad hedgie parent because of this lol it happens! As much as we try to provide the absolute best for these guys in every way we can, there will be times we’re lacking.
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nose injuries are one of the worst; only because the hedgehog will constantly lick at it, which can not only delay the healing process, it will keep it moist and can therefore introduce bacteria into the open wound. I would keep a close eye on it; give it 2-4 days, and if no improvement, a vet visit wouldn't hurt - just for some antibiotics, so that it doesn't get infected. Generally speaking, it should heal on its own. Don't add anything for now: it'll just be licked off, so it'd be effectively pointless unless youre continuously reapply multiple times a day. For now, leave it heal on its own.

I'd check her teeth over too, in case she broke one during the fall. Couldn't hurt to check!
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Personally if I had a hedgehog fall off a bed, even a low one, and have any injury I would have it checked by a vet. If she hit hard enough to split her nose then she could have other injuries that she's hiding.
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I agree with Nikki. I had an irresponsible roommate sleep with my hog years ago and she feel from a couch. Probably only about 18 -20" from impact, but she had a large tummy bruise. Lucky no internal bleeding or injuries. But I thought I was going to lose her. They are hearty animals and delicate at the same time. I credit my girls long life with being an over worrier lol. I also learned in that first year to sock away several $100s just for hedge related emergencies.
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I agree with Nikki. I had an irresponsible roommate sleep with my hog years ago and she feel from a couch. Probably only about 18 -20" from impact, but she had a large tummy bruise. Lucky no internal bleeding or injuries. But I thought I was going to lose her. They are hearty animals and delicate at the same time. I credit my girls long life with being an over worrier lol. I also learned in that first year to sock away several $100s just for hedge related emergencies.
Haha yes indeed, a hedgehog fund is definitely a necessity 😁
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