Do you deal with hedgehogs? He was fine earlier today. I gave him a bath and he was fine an hour or so later he was

Expert's Assistant chatimg
Customer: Do you deal with hedgehogs?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the hedgehog's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: he was fine earlier today. I gave him a bath and he was fine an hour or so later he was stumbling, lethargic, and threw up
JA: Does the vomit look liquidy or foamy? Is there food in it?
Customer: it was like a thick paste type substance looked like good puréed food puréed
JA: Could he have eaten anything unusual?
Customer: not that I am aware of. I had him outside, which is typical, and I never saw him licking or chewing on anything hes VERY picky when it comes to food
JA: And what's the hedgehog's name and age?
Customer: popple he’s 3
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: almost 3, will be in December
Answered by DrNickiDVM in 3 mins 1 year ago
imglogo
DrNickiDVM
Pet Specialist
logo

18,348 satisfied customers

Specialities include: Dog Veterinary, Cat Veterinary, Bird Veterinary, Reptile Veterinary, Exotic Animal Veterinary

Hello, my name is*****'m an emergency veterinarian. I'm here to help you with Popple. You must be so worried about him. I'm so sorry he is not well suddenly. Has he had a bath before? Was he normal prior to the bath? Can he walk now? Please be aware I am a licensed veterinarian, but I am not your pet’s veterinarian and cannot examine your pet, so I cannot legally provide you with any specific veterinary medical advice such as diagnosis or prescribing medication. However, I can generally speak to help you understand resources that may help you and advise you to seek medical attention.

Customer
he has had a bath several times before this.
He was completely fine and his typical self.

I'm so sorry. If you look at him, does his head look tilted to one side and is he leaning or circling to that side? Can he walk?

Customer
He is walking better now but he won't walk. He will walk a bit and then lay back down
Customer
His head doesn't seem to be tilted

Can you see if his eyes are constantly moving or are they still? Any evidence he has an ear infection?

Is trauma possible? How is his breathing?

Customer
They seem to be like normal as far as movement/not movement goes.
You can look at his eyes and he just looks sick/tired.
Don't see any signs of an ear infection. No drainage or anything.
No, nothing happened to cause an trauma.
His breathing seems normal

If you shine a light in his eyes, I'd check that they are not moving. It can be hard with them being dark without using a light.

If he can't walk much and is not coordinated, something serious is going on. Does he ever vomit?

Do you think he's in pain?

Customer
I've seen evidence of vomit before but not this much and he's never acted like this aftwards
Customer
No, I don't think he's him pain.
He doesn't act like it

I'm sorry, I am worried about him. You don't think he's been injured? Does he get stressed during baths? I'm glad he's breathing ok.

Customer
His eyes aren't moving. I shined a light
Customer
He sometimes gets a little stressed during a bath but I put his wheel in so he can just run instead of swim. He doesn't like to swim. That helps him stay calm during baths
Customer
He's been on the lawn, in the bath, and on the couch with us since before this started. No chance for him to be injured

Is he focusing on you and responding to stimuli?

Customer
If I touch him he will respond to touch

That's good. Do you think he can see?

Customer
Hedgehogs have bad eyesight so not really

But he's not acting any different in that regard than normal. Is he not curled up in a ball, he's acting normal and doing normal things, or is he just laying there?

Customer
He just lays kind of on his side
Not really in a ball

Is that normal for him? If you pick him up and move him, or put him on the other side, does he object or get stressed?

Customer
He sleeps on his side a lot.
He doesn't seem to get stressed when I move him.
He's just very lethargic

I'm sorry. Are you comfortable monitoring him? Vomiting with weakness and incoordination can indicate dizziness but can also indicate other serious issues. Do you think his back legs seem weaker than the front ones? They can also get wobbly hedgehog syndrome. If he's suddenly so strange acting, I'd take him to the ER.

Customer
We don't have an Er vet here and no vets around me treats hesgehogs

That's a problem, not all do. If you are not able to get him seen (or travel elsewhere if I can help find you a clinic), then the best thing to do with an animal who is acting funny is to get them eating and drinking and monitor them closely, keeping them comfortable. If he vomits again, I'd be concerned about dehydration from not eating and losing fluids in the vomit. A diagnosis would be ideal.

Customer
He hasn't vomited since before I message you

Right, and that's really good. I'm glad for that!

Are his gums a normal pink color? Would he let you open his mouth or does he object?

Customer
He didn't object when it first started. They were a light pink color.
He's perking up more now so he tried to bite me when I looked

That is a good sign that he's not totally out of it!

Is the pink lighter than his normal?

Customer
I'm not sure. He's not one to ever let us look in his mouth

Right, I'd not expect so!

Are you comfortable monitoring him? Can I help look for an ER in a neighboring city?

Customer
I'll monitor him and cal his vet tomorrow

That sounds good. I hope he's comfortable and not in any pain. I will be available this evening if something comes up and you have more questions or concerns. Did you have any more questions for me today?

Customer
He's seems to be doing much better.
I think I just got too cold after his bath.

Well that's fabulous. I sure hope that's it! Though I'm not sure what the vomiting was about. I hope Popple is back to normal soon. I sure wish you both all the best. I am available if you have follow-up questions so do not hesitate. Thanks for using our service.

Warmly,

Dr. Nicki

Read less
unlike
0 Likes
logoBack
logologo
DrNickiDVM
logo
logo
18,348 satisfied customers
logo
Pet Specialist
imglogo
DrNickiDVM
+ years of experience
logo

18348 satisfied customers

Ellen

Ellen

Licensed veterinarians

31,131 satisfied customers

Pearl avatar
Pearl Wilson, Veterinarian's Assistant
116 Veterinarians are online right now.
Related Veterinary Questions
Hedgehog has a runny nose. Had thick mucus discharge and
12.6.2022
img
Exotics&ER-Vet
Relief Veterinarian
368 Satisfied Customers
I have a 3 year old hedgie who stopped running on his wheel
8.10.2022
img
Dr. Duran
Veterinarian
180 Satisfied Customers
I have a hedgehog that keeps puking and not pooping well.
7.27.2022
img
Dr. Sara
DVM
354 Satisfied Customers
Hedgehog got a bath then balled up. We warmed up and he
7.11.2022
img
AnnieVet
Veterinarian
462 Satisfied Customers
My hedgehog threw up while I was cutting his nails and then
5.10.2022
img
JustAnswer Author
Medical Director
2,610 Satisfied Customers
How it works
logoAsk for help, 24/7
Ask for help, 24/7
Members enjoy round-the-clock access to 12,000+ verified Experts, including doctors, lawyers, tech support, mechanics, vets, home repair pros, more.
logoExpert will respond in minutes
Expert will respond in minutes
After you reach out, we match you with an Expert who specializes in your situation. Talk, text, chat, whichever you prefer.
logoSave time & money
Save time & money
No scheduling hassles, missing time from work, or expensive consults.
A JustAnswer membership can save you significant time and money each month.
Sarahesq and 87 other Veterinarian specialists are ready to help you.
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.
Why you’ll love JustAnswer
JustAnswer is the best way to get expertise on-demand from doctors, lawyers, vets, mechanics and more. Since 2003, we’ve helped more than 9 million people in 196 countries and have an A+ rating with BBB and a 9.6/10 rating with TrustPilot.
Highly rated, verified Experts
We pride ourselves in our 8-step verification process including license and credential checks. Vetted by us and rated by customers, like you.
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal ...leave nothing to chance.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
JustAnswer, Professional Services  General, San Francisco, CA
Google reviews
TrustPilot Reviews