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Zep.The.Hedgehog 11-08-2019 10:59 PM

First Vet Apt!!!
 
Today was my little baby very first full annual check up at the vet. It went amazing! I’m lucky enough to have found an exotic animal expert with 20yrs of practice. Ears, paws, quills, teeth, gum, heart, mouth...the whole nine yard and he’s a 100% HEALTHY HOG!!!! Which I’m VERY relieved about woot. He had to be sedated tho and I was a little bit afraid of it not gonna lie. The vet just told me he’s gonna pee a lot for the next 24hrs lol.
The one minor issue he advised me to watch out for tho, is that he is a tiny bit overweight (550grs) so he suggested I reduce the amount of kibbles (which is no more than like 30 pieces a day) or switch to a more diet type. Any advices?
I’m in Canada and using the Boreal grain free brand

Thanks 🙂

SquirtleSquirt 11-10-2019 01:57 PM

I'm not sure which one of the boreal grain-free brand you have but you could mix in cat food with lower percentages in fat and protein to lower it.

Aj.t 11-11-2019 12:04 AM

Was it solely based on his weight of 550g that he was considered overweight? I only ask because a healthy hog can range anywhere from 300-800g, so mass alone isn’t necessarily a good Hague as to whether they’re overweight. If they have fat rolls around their legs/can’t completely curl up into a ball/are more rounded shape rather than a teardrop shape; that’s a good indication of being overweight. Nonetheless, you should start by finding the fat % of the kibble you’re feeding currently. If it’s any higher than 18-20%, that’s a good guess as to why he might be overweight. As already mentioned, you could find another kibble with a low fat content and create a mix of the two to balance it out. You can also try using insects as a main part of their daily diet. Being insectivores, they’re built to process insects the best, so that’s another option.
Hope this helps 🙂


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