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Old 05-27-2011, 01:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have an albino hedgehog he is roughly 4 years old.. my mom was watching him and she said he wasn't acting right for the last 4 days.. wasn't eating or drinking and acting funny

well i got him back last night and something is wrong he is weak looking and limp i pick him up and he won't roll up into a ball or anything and in my hands he kind of just lays on his side even in his tank... i just checked on him and he is still alive and looks at me when i touch him and kind of jumps so he is still alive but i fear something is seriously wrong.. he has a piece of something dry stuck to his mouth i don't know if it is poop or some food or blood or he was chewing his lip i tried to peel it off but i do not want to hurt him right now

i am awaiting a phone call to the vet to see what i can do and then i want to rush him into her... but is there anything i can do right now in the time being?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! please help me asap guys i wanted to post this last night but it took all night for me to be able to post on this forum (pretty choked about that considering the emergency)

if cotton has been like this for days he may not last today and i need to help him

can anybody help me?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
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Old 05-27-2011, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You should start syringe feeding him. I am no expert but if he hasn't been eating he needs strength. There are a lot threads about syringe feeding on here. I would thing that this might be most important right now. Wait for Nancy's advice. She always has the best health advice. I am so sorry you are going through this. I will be sending you good thoughts.
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If he hasn't been drinking, you also need to syringe him water. Dehydration sets in very quickly. What temperature was he being kept at? Is his belly cool? Definitely get him into the vet, but until then, try to get some water and food into him, and keep him warm (I'd suggest between 76 and 80 degrees).
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you can't get him an appointment, then take him to the emergency vet. If he has been like that for 4 days then he can't wait anymore and needs to see a vet now.
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i just got him back from the vet. she thinks either he has a virus, infection, or tumor.

she prescribed me antibiotic medicine and told me either it'll work and he'll get better or it won't work and then i will need to put him down.. i don't wanna lose my hedgehog i love this little guy.

so i'm going to pick up his medicine right away and then take it from there.. i'm really really hoping he turns right around in the next couple weeks or else i think it will be too late for my little guy.

in the mean time while i'm giving him medicine.. what's the best way to feed him and give him water.. i'm clueless to this type of situation and i'd really appreciate it if some of you guys can help.

as of right now he is really wobbly and uncoordinated.. when he tries to walk after a few steps he falls over.. it's like something is messing with his system. when i grab him he won't roll up into a ball or anything.. just lets me pick him up.. he never ever used to be like that he would stay a ball until he got comfortable again enough to uncurl and then walk around and everything.. so i'm at a loss of words after this i really do not know what to do... i hope my hedgehog doesn't die on me.
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I can't actually help, but I wanted to say I really hope he's ok. Also, like amber-vroman said, Nancy is a health expert so hopefully she'll post
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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just throwing this out there.. and i seriously hope this is not the case.. but could my hedgehog possibly have wobbly hedgehog syndrome..
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It doesn't sound like WHS it came on to fast. He's probably just weak and dehydrated from not eating and drinking. Keep him at a warmer temp than usualy, when they're sick they need to be extra warm. Did the vet give him any fluids while you were there? To syringe feed him you can get a can of Hills A/D from your vet, its made for syringe feeding. Mix some with a bit of water and suck it up into a syringe. Hold your hedgie so he's sort of sitting on his butt and put the syringe in the side of his mouth. Squirt a small bit in and wait for him to swallow it. You can do the same with water. Try to get about 5 cc (ml's) into him at a time.
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WHS wouldn't have set in this quick. But wait till the experts chime in.

The vet should have gone through syringing proceedures with you, made sure you have some syringes and food like hills a/d or better yet, carnivore care. If they did not tell you all this while you were there, you should go back and pick some up.

Also antibiotics can be tough on tummies so it may also be benificial to pick up something like benbac as a probiotic to give between medicine feedings.

I know there is at least one thread with picture samples on how to syringe feed a bundled hedgie, so until more experts chime in, it would be good to look up syringe feeding in the search(located upper right corner). I'd help but I'm posting this on my phone and its a pain to do searches

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Old 05-27-2011, 06:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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the vet gave me absolutely nothing while i was there and told me nothing about syringe feeding or how to do it.. i have absolutely no syringes or any special type of food... the vet is 50 miles away and i have no way to get there at the moment until at least tomorrow if i have to go!!! ugh i wish i would of known some of this while i was there!!!
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