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So I have been giving Penelope the antibiotics prescribed by the vet for several days now. Although she manages to spit out most of it, her sneezing has subsided a little bit.

But then tonight I picked her up to give her a dosage and I noticed she was pooping clear slimy mucous. I know it was coming from her butt because when I put her down in her cage she started to pee(I had just woken her up) so I know its not coming from the same place.

She is eating and drinking normally, as well as active on her wheel every night. Her poop is normal, too. Last week at the vet they even did a fecal test and everything came back fine.
The only thing that she's started doing that's a little weird is twitching when I pick her up. Not like a tremble, like a hard twitch from her hind quarters.

So I'm wondering if maybe its the medicine that's causing the mucous or if anyone has any experience with this and can help me out.
The antibiotics are called sulfatrum suspension and she gets them orally twice a day.

Also, any tips on how to get her to swallow the liquid? I administer it the way the vet showed me but she always seems to spit most of it out once I put her down anyway.

Thank you!!

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Chances are the mucus is being caused by the antibiotics. Her stool hasn't turned green or greenish? Often antibiotics can play havoc on our hedgehog's GI systems. Are you giving probiotics between doses? If not, pick up some acidolphilus at your local health store and mid way between doses of the antibiotic give her acidolphilus. It will help add the good bacteria back to her gut.

I'd also call and give the vet an update on how things are progressing. Depending on how long she has been on the antibiotics he may not feel that they are working fast enough and may need to change medications.

I don't know how he showed you to medicate, but here is what I do. I hold the hedgehog so their back is against my chest and steady the hedgehog with my left hand (I'm right handed). With my right hand I approach the hedgehog's mouth from the side and gently push the syringe under the lips near the back of their mouth. Typically they will open to bite the syringe, at that point I carefully squirt the medication in, taking care to not squirt it down their throat (doing so could cause the hedgehog to aspirate).

Hedgehogs have a lot of sensitive hairs on the fronts of their mouths, always attempt to go in from the back.

If that doesn't work, there is always burritoing the hedgehog with a blanket, mixing the meds in with something, injecting it in food, etc.
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