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Old 05-21-2010, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I haven't been on the forums for probably months because I haven't needed to. If you have seen some other posts of mine, you would know how I haven't been able to take my hedgehog to a vet lately, and some bad things have happened. Anyway, last week my hedgehog's feet started to look swollen. At first I thought it was dirt, so I gave him a bath. I watched him run around in the little bit of water, but nothing was coming off. After a day or two, I found a cut on his foot, so we decided to put Neosporin around it (Not extra strength, just normal because I read on the forums that there are certain chemicals that could be toxic to a hedgehog in extra strength.) His feet are still a little swollen, but we're taking him to a vet first thing in the morning. It's obviously an infection. I just wanted to know if anyone else has had this problem with their hedgie? And do you think the vet would give us medicine? Would there be any surgeries needed?
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Old 05-22-2010, 12:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When I first got my boy Basil his feet were really swollen but it was due to having grotesquely long toenails. We've trimmed them and now his feet are normal. What shape are your hedgie's toenails in?
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Old 05-22-2010, 12:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Come to think of it, I don't think I have ever trimmed his toe nails. It's been about a year and a couple weeks now. But this is really bad, very swollen. There's a small amount of blood, too. Could it still be the toe nails not being trimmed?
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Yea definitely look at his nails. I usually trim my hedgie's nails every 2 to 3 weeks so anything over a year is a very long time not to have them trimmed. Has he been running okay?
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can you post a pic of them?
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Old 05-22-2010, 12:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have three hedgehogs, and none of them have EVER had this before. This isn't just a little swollen, it's very swollen. It's smaller than a golf ball, and bigger than a dime. I would post pictures, but he's at a vet right now. I guess I'll find out if it's the nails or not soon. He's very protective of his leg, too. It's very hard to see unless he's walking. And it seems as if it's hard for him to walk now, too. All he does is drink and eat, and he never runs anymore. I just hope the vet will figure it out soon.
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Basil had never had a wheel before I got him and he stopped running on it within a few days because it must've hurt his feet to run. Toenail trimming should be a regular occurrence.
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Now that I know that, I will be doing it at least once a month. But I still don't understand how not trimming nails can cause his feet to be very swollen like that. And still, none of my three hedgehogs except for this one has never had the problem.
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Sounds like an infection to me. Can you get us a few pics of his feet? Really helps alot if we can see what your talking about.
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Now that I know that, I will be doing it at least once a month. But I still don't understand how not trimming nails can cause his feet to be very swollen like that. And still, none of my three hedgehogs except for this one has never had the problem.
When their nails get long and they stand their toes get twisted sideways causing pain and inflammation.
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