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Old 12-30-2016, 02:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I went to get my hedgehog Bazinga out of her cage today (about a half hour ago) and its night time so she should be more active but instead none of her food was eaten, her bedding was allll disheveled in her cage, and when i pulled her blanket back to look at her, she was just laying there and wasnt disturbed by me at all (and she always sort of hisses at me because shes startled). So i pulled her out and set her on the ground and all she did was lay down exactly where i put her which is extremely weird because she is always ready o explore. Like, ALWAYS. And i put her on her bakc in my hands and usually she hates being in a ball but all she did was stare at me. And shes letting me touch her face and everyhting and shes not freaking out at all.
Shes 4.5 years old and has been to the vet twice over a bump appearing. the first one was just an infection but the second one she has right now and its by her lymphnodes and its either swollen or cancer. Anyway, she kind of seems like shes breathing shallowly as well, whcih makes me even sadder because if she is dying I dont want her to be suffering. Please reply.
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Old 12-30-2016, 02:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What's the temperature in her cage? Sounds similar to the beginning of hibernation


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I thought so too but she is not acting the way she did when she almost went into hibernation. And Ive had her wrapped up next to me for a while with blankets and everything. PLus, the room she stays in is the perfect temperature for her. And I just checked to see if shes overheated and thats not it either. And I just found some yellow liquid by her privates..it wasnt really pee...and when she lays down its not exactly curled up or flat out. its just like shes given up standing and plops down.
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I'm sorry I don't think I'm of much help from here. The more experienced users usually aren't on the forum this late, but hopefully they'll see your post soon. I'd keep her comfortable and try to syringe her some food maybe.


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I'm sorry I don't think I'm of much help from here. The more experienced users usually aren't on the forum this late, but hopefully they'll see your post soon. I'd keep her comfortable and try to syringe her some food maybe.


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how would i do that with her hard food? just mash it up and mix with water or..?
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how would i do that with her hard food? just mash it up and mix with water or..?


Yes. I put the food pieces and water in a food processor until it's smooth. I've read that you should put the mixture in a syringe commonly used to give toddlers medicine.


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Yes. I put the food pieces and water in a food processor until it's smooth. I've read that you should put the mixture in a syringe commonly used to give toddlers medicine.


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alright thank you. I might try that.
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Old 12-30-2016, 05:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Sounds like you need a vet

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Old 12-30-2016, 06:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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She does need a vet. You can also try some baby food or canned pumpkin to syringe for her. You can also get some of her dry kibble soaking ahead of time so you don't have to grind it up for each meal. A gruel consistency is good. We went through the same thing with our dear sweet Murdock. Cancer in these little lovelies is pervasive and heart-wrenching. Best of luck to you --
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Old 12-30-2016, 07:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I am sorry to say this but you may just have to keep her comfortable until she naturally passes on her own. 4.5 years old is very old for a hedgie so I am not sure if any medical treatments will help her as they may be dangerous for her age. For now, cuddle with her lots and syringe feed.
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