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Old 09-27-2015, 02:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Regarding Ivermectin...Please read and help!

This is my first time posting on here so to begin let me introduce my hedgehog family... I have Solara, who is a 1 and a half year old female, Piper, who is a 4 month old female, and Kovu, a 6 month old male.

About 6 months ago I took Solara to the vet after she was given to me by her previous owner. I wanted to make sure she was nice and healthy, and my vet recommended I put her on ivermectin because she seemed to have mites. I gave her .05 cc's of ivermectin every 2 weeks. And after a few weeks I stopped doing this as she seemed to be okay. Now, my male, Kovu, has incredibly dry skin and is shedding white flakes. I assumed he must have mites, so I went ahead and started giving him some ivermectin that I still had from when I had Solara treated. Since Kovu is significantly bigger than Solara, I began to wonder if he needed a different dosage and googled it, only to find everyone saying Ivermectin is incredibly DANGEROUS for hedgehogs?! ...What??

My first hedgehog Nala had incredibly dry skin and was always scratching and I was recommended to go to this "hedgehog expert" vet for her skin. This vet did research papers on hedgehogs and considered herself a genius regarding their health. Nala was the sweetest, most amazing hedgehog ever. She was given 2 injections of Ivermectin over a few months from that "genius" vet and also I was instructed to give her oral ivermectin.

Once Nala turned 2 and a half, she completely changed. She started to become lethargic, she could barely walk, and it got to the point where I had to tube feed her and use a syringe to get her to drink. I did everything possible to keep her alive, but that same vet said she saw a lump on her X-Ray and that it was most likely cancer and that she would not survive another few weeks. because of this, I decided to put my baby to sleep to stop her suffering.

I know this is probably a stretch, but being the over-protective pet parent I am, I can't shake the idea that all the doses of Ivermectin that nala had over her lifespan could've weakened her immune system and caused her death.

Could this have been possible? Why would this vet have prescribed something to multiple hedgehogs of mine if everyone seems to know now that it's dangerous for them? Is it really that dangerous?

Please leave your opinions. I know hedgehog's are prone to cancer and that's what I had always assumed had happened to Nala. but since the vet never actually checked to make sure it was definitely cancer, I have always wondered what caused that lump in Nala's kidney.
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Old 09-27-2015, 03:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The problem is vets rely on texts books that often have outdated information in them when it comes to hedgehogs. And when they have a question, they'll ask other vets. Who also rely on outdated text books when it comes to animals they treat infrequently. It's not an animal most of them treat on a daily basis like cats or dogs. And ivermectin is a great product...for cats and dogs.

The thing is, there are plenty of hedgehogs that have had ivermectin and been fine. But there are also plenty who have had it and died. Which is why everyone recommends revolution. I've never heard of a hedgehog death after treatment with revolution.

Is it possible ivermectin contributed to the death of Nala? Maybe. It's really hard to say and I don't think any of us here are qualified to give a better answer than that. Especially with the limited amount of info available about the situation.

As pet parents (and as patients who occasionally need treatment ourselves!) it's important to do our own research so we can make the most informed decision about treatment possible. And remember, you can always ask for an alternative treatment than what's being recommended.
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