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Old 06-09-2020, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it normal for you to find bits and pieces of exoskeleton in your hedgies poop?

I’ve discovered bits and pieces of mealworm, and Dubai roach shell in Igor’s poop. Not now, but it’s something I’ve picked up on, and just thought to question it.
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I honestly have no idea, I've never seen any in Holly's. I hope someone else who does know can let you know.
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Old 06-11-2020, 11:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't know for sure but my guess is yes.
I have a leopard gecko as well and it is normal to find exoskeleton in her poop. I mentioned it to the local pet shop owner when I was picking up more and he told me that mealworms have a harder exoskeleton than wax worms and other insects so they can be harder to digest. He said finding them in her poop is normal. I realize they are different breeds of animal but I would guess it does not change the fact that the exoskeleton would still be slightly more difficult to digest and is okay to find in stool. Again, this is just a guess based on my knowledge of mealworms and how they affect the stool of other animals so please keep that in mind and maybe others have more knowledge on the subject!
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Thank you! Yes, I don’t think it makes much difference between the two animals.
I was just worried there might be an underlying digestive issue. But I’m glad to have heard your point of view, thank you!
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Thank you! Yes, I don’t think it makes much difference between the two animals.
I was just worried there might be an underlying digestive issue. But I’m glad to have heard your point of view, thank you!
Again I am definitely not an expert on it and if you suspect issues, I recommend running it by a vet just in case. But based on my experience with the gecko, it is okay in moderation assuming the rest of the stool seems okay.
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Old 06-11-2020, 04:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah no the rest of the stool is perfectly fine.
Bad thing though, our vets are super inexperienced when it comes to any exotic animal, hedgehogs especially.
So if I am to take Igor to the vet, I’ll have to atleast have a theory I can give to the vet, so they can check. But if I’m just like,
“*plop* here’s my hedgehog. His poops weird. What’s wrong with him?” They’ll have no clue what to do 😂

Last time I went to the vet for a respiratory infection, and the vet barely touched Igor, he didn’t even do an examination or checkup. But I mean, it was his first time seeing a hedgie, so I understand his timidness.

Sorry this was a long reply 😅
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Yeah no the rest of the stool is perfectly fine.
Bad thing though, our vets are super inexperienced when it comes to any exotic animal, hedgehogs especially.
So if I am to take Igor to the vet, I’ll have to atleast have a theory I can give to the vet, so they can check. But if I’m just like,
“*plop* here’s my hedgehog. His poops weird. What’s wrong with him?” They’ll have no clue what to do 😂

Last time I went to the vet for a respiratory infection, and the vet barely touched Igor, he didn’t even do an examination or checkup. But I mean, it was his first time seeing a hedgie, so I understand his timidness.

Sorry this was a long reply 😅
Ugh I completely understand this struggle. I went through 3 different vets with my first. First one said she treated hedgehogs and exotics, would be happy to see him. Did a check up, seemed great. About a month later he got sick, I brought him in and her response was "well, I only see healthy hedgehogs....I dont know how to treat him..." On to vet #2... we kept running into the same issue over and over until he eventually almost died from a vet mess up, I was SO done with vets...

We eventually found an incredible vet after contacting the breeder and asking for recommendations. the vet was further from my house than I would have liked but absolutely worth it for good care. May be worth contacting your breeder to see if they have any recommendations!
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Old 06-12-2020, 10:07 AM   #8 (permalink)
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😅 ehhhh Igor’s a petshop baby. And he was given to me as a gift, he was bought in another city.

But I’m glad you got a great vet! You’re so lucky. And your hedgies too!

(But the first vet though... 🤣&#x1f923
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