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Old 06-26-2014, 04:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've heard of people feeding their hedgies baby food or yogurt as treats and I was wondering if this would be safe to feed Harley. I got a jar of chicken flavored baby food and there is no onion or onion powder in it, the ingredients just say finely ground chicken and chicken broth. Would this be okay to give to him, just as an occasional treat? Also, I read that hedgies are slightly lactose intolerant but I heard that some people give theirs yogurt as a treat. Is this okay and if so what kind of yogurt should I give him? Sorry for all the questions, I'm new at this and I just wanted to make sure it was okay before I gave it to him because I definitely don't want to make my baby sick.
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Hi, I have given Hector a teaspoon of baby food as a treat, he really enjoyed it, I then read, and have put the rest into ice cube trays and frozen them, that way, no waste and can get a cube out at a time in the future! Not sure about yoghurt, hopefully someone will be able to help
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Old 06-26-2014, 05:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yup, it's true that hedgehogs are lactose intolerant. But I've heard that Greek yogurt is the best kind for lactose intolerant people, because it's more strained than the other kinds. However, I would feed your hedgie VERY small amounts of anything dairy, or just avoid it all together to avoid any tummy/poo issues.

Baby food is a great option, though. You can even mix different kinds of flavors together. Sometimes people like to mix a protein/meat and some type of veggie together.
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Okay I won't give him any yogurt then just to be safe. Thanks
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I have lactose intolerance and Greek yogurt isn't any better. I don't think you are supposed to feed hedgehogs any dairy products or milk.
Baby food is good though. I always buy the 6-8 month (I believe) as they don't add a bunch of stuff- it's just the fruits and veggies and meat.
You can also feed your hedgie fresh food- strawberries are a bit hit with one of mine.
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I have lactose intolerance and Greek yogurt isn't any better. I don't think you are supposed to feed hedgehogs any dairy products or milk.
Thanks for clearing that up!
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You are right- any kind of yogurt is better tolerated if someone has a sensitivity to lactose as opposed to an intolerance because of the way it's processed. But if you are allergic or have an intolerance any milk problems produces an upset stomach and other unpleasant issues.
So for hedgehogs and the lactose intolerant, no dairy makes for a happy tummy.
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