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Loki is about 2.5 yrs old and Ive had her for 2 yrs. I have depression so sadly, there are times when I dont play with her for a few days, and her cage is cleaned once a month (i know its supposed to be cleaned every week, but I can rarely find the motivation :c) Back in Dec, an event came up that caused stress and I was gone for a few days at a time; I was unable to spend time with her regularly for about a month. Im a major worrier; whenever Lokis eyes look weird or if she wobbles a bit, I freak out. Back then, she just had a little wobble, but sure enough, once I got back to normal activity, she got back to normal. A few weeks ago, I noticed some dried blood near her ear. I tried to clean it, but eventually gave up bc she was obviously stressed. She hasnt been using her wheel as often, either. (She loves her wheel).
For the past few days, when I took her out I noticed she was breathing funny. it sounded a bit heavier. Yesterday, I think she tried hibernating! I was able to warm her up though, thank goodness. The room is rarely ever cold, but she was cold. And the thing is, I wasnt sure at first if she was trying to hibernate. I just thought she was being lethargic. Her poop is varied, but often is normal. Today I tried cleaning up the blood on her ear, and gave her a bath, so she had green poop while I was cleaning her. Overall, shes been not as active. She also wobbles a bit when she walks. Below are pics. My dad wants to see what others say about this before we go to the vet. What are your thoughts?

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She needs to see a vet and sooner rather than later. She possibly has an ear infection which would cause all her other symptoms. She is probably in pain and often they dig at their ear and face which can risk an eye injury.
 

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That ear is in very bad condition. There is no doubt about this, your hedgehog needs to go to the vet. Good luck and please let us know what happens. I hope that this can serve as a wake up call. Despite your depression it is important that you do not allow your hedgehog to be neglected.....she can be a source of comfort during those times. There have been quite a few folks here over the years that have discussed how much their hedgehogs helped them in times of need. Even when they did not feel like taking out their hedgehog, they felt much better after they did. I hope that you can begin to make her a priority regardless of what is going on in your life. Best wishes, Susan H.
 

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Would it be safe to use petroleum jelly on and around her ear, amd clean it daily and see if it clears up? If it doesnt, then I would def go to the vet
 

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I think you need to go to vet sooner rather than later with the way that ear looks, and not wait and hope it clears up. Keeping the area clean is a great idea though, but I'm not sure about the peroxide and would hold off unless someone with more knowledge gives the okay. Good luck and keep us updated!
 

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Look at it this way, if you had blood coming from your ear would you just keep it clean and wait or go see a doctor? Blood from the ear can be very serious, it could be an infection or even a ruptured ear drum. If the ear drum is ruptured the infection can settle deeper into the skull and even reach the brain. The longer you wait the worse its going to get. I would have been on the phone to the vet the moment I saw an ear looking like that.
 

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NEVER use hydrogen peroxide on skin--human or animal.

It causes more problems than it helps because it damages the skin.
 
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thrn will baby bubble bath/wash work?
Parents are covinced that its just something that will go away, so Ill have to wait before I see a vet :( I dont want you guys thinking Im a bad owner, its just moneys tight so parents want to say if they can save a few hundred bucks, yaknow?
 

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She needs to see a vet NOW. Please convince your parents, this is an emergency kind of situation. Let them read this thread, whatever, but she needs a vet!!

Do not use water, don't use anything - go the the vet! Pay for it yourself, get the money elsewhere, convince your parents...
 

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I suggest you give this girl up to a rescue so she can get the treatment she needs. It doesn't sound like she is going to be taken to the vet so the kindest thing you can do is give her up to someone who will get her treated.

Here is the list of Hedgehog Welfare Society rescues.
http://www.hedgehogwelfare.org/rescuecontacts.asp

If there are none in your area, there is a direct contact link on that page and they will do their best to arrange something.
 

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I realize you are having personal difficulties and I pray for peace and comfort for you. Your personal situation requires attention and healing that can be an ongoing process for a period of time. However, this little baby also needs care now. I have absolutely no doubt that she is in severe pain. There is a great deal of inflammation present and significant discharge from the ear. The infection could very likely be spreading to surrounding tissues. Allow those who can help her now to do so as this will also allow you to focus on yourself and give yourself the attention that you also deserve.
 

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Cleaning up around the ear will make it look better but its not going to fix the underlying problem which is probably an ear infection. The problem isn't the blood and missing hair under the ear, the problem is the infection in the ear that is causing the blood and drainage from the ear. Yes it will look better if you clean it but it will still be infected.

I hate to say this but if you can't take care of her then it might be best for her if you turn her over to an local SPCA or shelter that can take care of her medical problems and keep her from suffering. You can also contact the Hedgehog Welfare Society and they may have a rescue near you that can take her and get her the medical treatment she so obviously needs.
 

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Update:
We've been treating her ear with neosporin and hydrogen peroxide and its looking much better. Shes definitely in a better condition now that we started that. Im keeping an eye on her, though, dont worry! Ive been spending time with her too. Shes been eating her food and pooping and peeing as nornal (today she crawled in my shirt sleeve, peed, then crawled out of there xD) Ive clipped her nails. Shes been really good with me taking her out. she used to "lean" her head on one side but now shes much calmer. From what I can tell, she hasnt been a fan of her wheel. but im def keeping an ear out for her running! sometime soon im gonna get her mealworms as well. :) Im so freaking happy that my baby is getting better!
 

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yeah, hydrogen peroxide
and no, i didnt see a vet. Im keeping a close eye on her though and will call if things worsen
 

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The vet will have to wait until we get more money, which will be relatively soon. Like I said, in the meantime Ill keep an eye on her. Dont think Im a bad owner; its a money issue. I understand the importance of getting her checked out and I will when the finances will allow it
 

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U should call the vet and explain ur situation.. U will most likely have I pay for the office visit but there's a chance that they will have samples of whatever medicine ur hog needs... My vet was nice and gave me a sample of revolution, and without seeing my hog.. BUT that is a different situation,he's not even showing any symptoms of mites I'm jus neurotic when it comes to fleas, lice, mites, etc n my vet knows it lol I've been taking my dog there for years.. Also infections are more serious then possible mites, but even paying just the office won't cost a few hundred dollars, my vet charges $45, and like I sd there's a chance u can get free samples of whatever meds ur hog needs
 
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