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Ok, this may be a stupid question question & I apologise if it is, but how easy is to spot things like tumors, lumps, respiratory problems etc? :oops:

I get Henry out every evening and after checking nails, eyes nose etc I try to check for lumps or anything else abnormal but was wondering if they are easy to spot or should i know what im looking for? To be honest i have trouble because he's a proper little squirmer, one minute i think i might see something, then he moves and it can look normal again!
 

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Often tumours can go from nothing noticeable, to huge overnight, especially oral tumours. We've had mammary tumours here that grew very slowly and others that grew like crazy.

A URI can be difficult to notice in the early stages because a random sneeze may not be noticed through their normal little snuffles and sounds. Increasing sneezing and nose licking is usually a good indication of respiratory but sometimes they don't sneeze very much. IMO, a runny nose even if it's clear should be checked out by a vet especially if the hedgehog is in a new home or has been through a stressful event.
 
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