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Old 06-11-2009, 12:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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We have a 3 month old African pygmy who is adorable but in the last week she has taken to literally running for hours until her feet are bleeding. It is awful to watch and I can hardly stop her, if I move her or block her she just continues in whatever space she is in.

We have a playpen (about 3ft) and a big cage, and we let her run around the floor most days, but now she just runs up and down, no exploration, she will ignore a meal worm even? It is like she is in a trance...

Her feet get so bloody, and I was thinking of putting sand down because all the straw/shavings in the world don't prevent her making a little trail and hitting the plastic. Can you use sand for hedgehogs?

What am I going to DO???? It's daily.

Other than that she is fit and seems happy enough.
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't use sand if she has bloody feet. It seems like it would just stick to the sore feet and get her messier. You might try switching to fleece liners, they would get very dirty, but they'd be softer on her feet. Unfortunately, I can't help with the actual running issue.
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Do you have a wheel for her? Sounds like she needs a nice smooth one like Reapers to me.
http://www.hedgehogwheel.com
I think fleece is much better also. I would not use sand either.
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I can't help either never had that problem but i would suggest getting her checked out by a vet.
What kind of wheel are you using?
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we don't have a wheel yet, we ordered one through Amazon but they wouldn't deliver to us here in Ireland, our pet shop only have small ones and it is hard to find a pet shop who delivers to Ireland without ridiculous shipping fees.

I might get some fleece. The running is pretty normal I think except its the way she does it, back and forth like she is looking for a way out even when she is in her playpen which is big.

I just feel that she is looking for something, or someone?

Any advice, ideas or tips would be so gratefully received thank you all!
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Do you have a wheel for her? Sounds like she needs a nice smooth one like Reapers to me.
http://www.hedgehogwheel.com
I think fleece is much better also. I would not use sand either.
I'd check & see if Reaper can ship to you. If so, I'd recommend getting a CWS
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I was thinking Reaper might be able to ship you a Cakewalk Supreme - PM him if you haven't already.

But if not, you can make your own smaller version called a bucket wheel: http://www.hedgehogworld.com/content/view/128/42/

In the meanwhile, I agree with what people are saying about changing over to fleece liners and getting her checked over by a vet. You can use regular neosporin (NOT extra strength or pain relief) to help fight off infection on her feet. Poor baby
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I was thinking Reaper might be able to ship you a Cakewalk Supreme - PM him if you haven't already.

But if not, you can make your own smaller version called a bucket wheel: http://www.hedgehogworld.com/content/view/128/42/

In the meanwhile, I agree with what people are saying about changing over to fleece liners and getting her checked over by a vet. You can use regular neosporin (NOT extra strength or pain relief) to help fight off infection on her feet. Poor baby
I would send nancy a PM and ask her about the neosporin before i used it..This is what she said in another post "Sometimes putting something on injuries will make it worse as then the hedgehog will start to chew at it because of what's on it".

I am no vet or expert but i would have to think that a antibiotic will be needed.
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I would check this out. What kind of wheel did Amazon offer? There are a lot of terrible wheels out there. With her feet I would get a smooth one. All the others I have seen have ridges.
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Right now keep her feet clean with just soap and water. Remove the shavings and put down white paper towels. Do not put anything on them. If it appears that they might be getting infected, then she'llneed to see a vet.

She sounds frantic. Which could be an indicator of pain or illness. Is she quilling? If so, then a warm oatmeal soak could make her more comfortable. If she's not quilling, is there anything in her environment that could be scaring her or causing this behavior? Are there cats/dogs/large birds/children that may be causing her torment when you aren't around? If none of this applies, then a visit with a hedgehog-savvy vet is necessary.

I would not give her a wheel until her feet heal.
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