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Old 06-06-2011, 03:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a relatively new hedgehog owner and my little guy lost a foot (The pet store was unaware of how to care for him) so he's been wearing bandages from the vet. But he's started chewing the bandages suddenly. Is there anyway I can discourage him from such actions? I understand it must itch like the dickens but it is for his own good so anything you guys can give me to work with I would be very thankful of. Thank you.

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Old 06-06-2011, 11:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Did your vet provide you with any medication for pain relief? My initial thought is that he is chewing on the bandage because the foot hurts. If the vet didn't prescribe pain relief, I'd contact them and ask if they could prescribe metacam to help him out.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Did your vet provide you with any medication for pain relief? My initial thought is that he is chewing on the bandage because the foot hurts. If the vet didn't prescribe pain relief, I'd contact them and ask if they could prescribe metacam to help him out.
He has not yet but I just contacted the vet and they told me to bring him in so they can take a look and get him something.... this vet is an amazing guy.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Finding a good vet that you trust is half the battle sometimes. Its good to take him in too, if the foot is hurting more than it used to it may have something else going on, maybe some infection that is getting out of control and needs cleaned out again.

Good luck and please keep us updated.
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have just returned from the vets and am glad to say the doctor believes he's okay just that he was really itchy and so he tried to chew through to the itch. He's better now and the doctor told me to feed him some baby food if I can't get him to eat.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Good news. Healing wounds can be a bit itchy. Hopefully he will recover very quickly and won't need that bandage for very long.
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