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02-10-2010 01:27 AM
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Im sorry to hear of your loss. I can tell she was a special hedgie by the love that comes across in your story.
02-09-2010 08:58 AM
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I'm sorry to hear of Igel's passing. Jaw cancer is really tough to deal with. It progresses so quickly and gives us such little time with our quilled friends. It has never ceased to amaze me how these little guys deals with such debilitating problems. They really are troopers.
02-08-2010 11:56 PM
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I'm very sorry for your loss. What a little trooper she was.
02-08-2010 06:04 PM
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So sorry for your loss she's home with God now and they'll be waiting for your arrival in the kingdom of heaven.
02-08-2010 06:01 PM
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Our little Igel passed away last night. We first noticed the oral tumor on New Year's Eve and she survived 5 1/2 weeks. I held her during the Super Bowl last night and she could barely lift her head. She did well until earlier in the week. She quit eating and then quit drinking. The meat baby food, pain meds and liquid vitamins is why I think she survived so long. They do let you know when it is time. If it hadn't been the weekend I would have taken her to the vet to be put to sleep. She saw the vet on 1-28-10 and he thought she would be gone in a few days. I am glad she is no longer suffering. Her weight dropped drastically this week. She was our first hedgehog and we enjoyed her. I am the good touch/ bad touch instructor in our area. She traveled with me to classrooms quite often. The kids adored her and I think she enjoyed everyone thinking she was so special.

THank you to all of you who commented and helped me know how to help her. Enjoy your little hedgies
01-31-2010 04:42 AM
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I'm happy to hear that she is doing okay. When the time comes, you will know. My only advice is to be prepared for it to happen any day, and savor every single moment you have with her now.

We can all tell that you love her very much, and you've given her a wonderful life. I'm sure that when she does pass, she will do so knowing that she had a blessed time here on Earth.
01-31-2010 01:46 AM
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Bless you little Igel!
01-31-2010 12:41 AM
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Igel is still with us. She is still eating and drinking. She ran in her ball for 2 hours last night. I view this as the pain meds are working.
01-29-2010 12:58 AM
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This is our first hedgehog. How often do they get mouth tumors and are they usually older? Igel (German for hedgehog) has brought joy to so many children. I teach part time. Not always but often she goes with me in her basket to visit. It is fun but also an opportunity to teach the kids about hedgehogs. Rarely have any of the elementary aged kids seen a hedgehog.
She seems better this evening after the pain meds. She is eating and wondering around. I will insist that they put her down if she stops eating or shows discomfort. I realize she is not comfortable now but her behavior isn't out of the ordinary for her. I am watching her closely.
I appreciate all of you.... Igel's mom
01-28-2010 05:06 PM
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I too have Metacam for pain control. I've not heard of pills either but I remember years ago my vet didn't stock Metacam and it had to be gotten from a pharmacy. Perhaps that is the reason you got pills.

I'm glad you have pain meds. That will make her more comfortable. Be prepared though that the smell might get really bad, really fast.

Oral tumours are horrible. We have dealt with so many to the point that I was beginning to wonder if something I was feeding or doing was causing it. I charted everyone and found out that we had the average number of oral tumours per hedgehogs we had. When I removed the rescue/rehomes from the list, one that arrived with an oral tumour and a couple that developed one within a few months, then we are actually below the average.

You are lucky you have had her 4 weeks with her. That is a fairly slow growing tumour. I've had numerous that it appeared and the hedgehog had to be euthanized within a week. Our first experience was old Pagen. I discovered the tumour on Tuesday and we euthanized him on Friday. The tumour doubled in size daily. I swear I watching him that I could see it growing. He was still active, eating great, bright eyed and still enjoying life. The vet recommended to help him cross but my daughter and I wanted to give him a bit longer. She talked us out of it and I'm glad she did. She said that with the speed that tumour was growing, another day and his eye could be pushed out or it would reach his brain or the painful stage. Given that it was a Friday, there might not be a vet available to euthanize him on the weekend. At that time we had a rotating on call vet and we knew from experience that many would not look at a hedgehog. She also pointed out that we were there with him and could hold him as he passed and option we probably would not have with a vet that didn't know us.

I'll keep your little girl in my prayers.
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