I'm sorry, this is a long post, but I am in South Korea where (as you will read, if you have time) that I do not have access to decent health care options for my hedgie - any advice will be welcomed!
On Friday, 4 May 2018, I came home late and noticed that my little hedgie, Professor Moriarty - who has been living with me since 2014, was scratching himself more than usual. He was doing it in his house, and I didn't think much of it.
On Saturday, 5 May, I was out of the house most of the day, but when I came home, at night, Moriatry's eye was a mess. It was huge and clotted over. I tried calling the local exotic pet specialist, but they were closed and not open on Sunday. This is South Korea and animal health is not a very high priority here... also I live in a pretty remote area, so I had to wait until monday to take Moriarty for proper help.
In the meantime, however, I turned to this forum and got ideas about what to do, so, warm saline compress and complete change of housing: out with the shaving and grit on the floor, and in with warmed towels. I also put a heating pad under the floor of his home and turned it on. When I took the compress off, there was a stream of blood and pus from the eye. The clot came away easily, leaving a very angry red and white eye blob.
Despite his zombie eye, Prof. seemed completely unphased. He was running, he was eating, and drinking as if nothing was wrong for the whole night.
On Monday we went to the vet. I asked the vet how old he thought PM was. I don't really know because I rescued the little guy from a pet store where I had seen him living in a tiny glass box for about a year. The vet said 6 months. My faith was a bit shaken, but, having no alternative, I just had to stick with this doctor.
We got eye drops and a pink antibiotic powder to feed via syringe for one week. And the vet said he'd recommend surgery if there was matter still left in the eye socket, but he has never performed surgery on a hedgehog before, and thinks it would be very risky.
Now (10 May) we've been taking our meds well enough, I hope, for three days. The swelling around the eye is all gone and there is still a mass in the eye-socket. Prof is doing some things that are concerning me:
1. He walks around his enclosure, and suddenly drops onto his injured eye and rubs himself against the floor. It seems as if he is trying to scratch the whole side of his face. It might be because his eye is itchy, but I don't know.
2. He is not eating much at all.
3. He seems to be constipated and can only be induced to poop in a tub of warm water.
4. He is wheezing and foaming at the mouth. I thought this might be a kind of self-annointing behavior because of the medication, but it looks and sound a lot like URI (judgin by the videos and other stuff online).
What can I do for my little guy before I need to entrust him to the hands of a vet who admittedly does not know what he is doing?
The next vet option is two hours away and I am not sure that it is any better. I have asked a few of my friends who are vets if they know of any REAL specialists, and they all speak rather lowly of Korea's exotic pet doctors...