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Old 08-30-2012, 10:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to share a portion of video that was captured on Lucy last night for educational purposes. Hedgies are so good at hiding pain and illness! In this video you will see when Lucy comes out of her igloo she is quite wobbly. After a drink of water she starts to eat her food and you can see that she is actually holding her leg up and not bearing any weight on it. When Lucy is out with me she does none of this. She is on the move, squirming and wiggling and trying to find a place to burrow. I noticed last night she was making noises when she was in my arms and I realize now she was probably whimpering with pain. I feel so bad for this sweet baby. I hope the antibiotics kick in today.

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Wow...

I've toyed with the idea of putting in a night-time camera before. That video really makes me want to do it.

What kind of system are you using? I was thinking of going the baby monitor route.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow...

I've toyed with the idea of putting in a night-time camera before. That video really makes me want to do it.

What kind of system are you using? I was thinking of going the baby monitor route.
I am using our 6 year old Sony Handycam that does video streaming and has night vision capabilities. It's rather old so I'm sure there are newer and better cameras/camcorders that can do it. This one isn't even compatible with windows 7. I have it plugged into my older laptop via a firewire. My hubby is a computer geek so he knows how to set up all that stuff for me.
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Awww poor girl
Did the vet prescribe pain meds as well? If not, it might be good to ask for some since now you know it is bugging her. Has she been trying to get at the area? If so, she definitely needs the pain meds to stop her from doing that and just letting it heal.
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The vet didn't give any pain meds because she's quite possibly pregnant. They were debating whether or not to give the Baytril for infection but they felt the leg was bad enough that necessity outweighed possible risks to babies. According to them, there really aren't any studies on the affects of antibiotics on a pregnant hedgehog but they don't think it causes problems. She hasn't been messing with the area much. I did see her trying to scratch at it, but there's no way she can reach it with her back leg. She only tried a couple of times. If she balled herself up, she could probably reach it with her mouth, but I'm watching her like a hawk from the live stream and she really hasn't bothered it.

I have to take her out this afternoon to give her the medication but aside from that, I'm going to leave her alone for a couple of days. Hopefully that will keep her from using it much.

Is there a pain medication that is known to be safe for hedgies while pregnant?
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