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Old 10-12-2011, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Blue fell! Can't tell if he's bruised or..

Blue fell off of my shoulder today!

Normally I make it so he can't fall, but he just started running and walked over my shoulder and onto my back, and he slipped

He fell on a linoleum floor, and either landed on his back/quills or his side. When I turned to see what had happened, he was on his side squirming like a turtle to get right side up.

He ran around normally afterwards, and I checked his feet and legs for injuries, as well as palpating his tummy. He's seems fine, but he has these spots where he's darker than the rest of his body(which is normal for him, I think he's a pinto?)

I'm wondering what color hedgie bruises are.. Do they look purpley/brown, like a human's?

It's been about an hour now, and his poop was normal, and he's being his squirmy self. I just need to make sure he didn't bruise. (Though, when I feel the area, he seems a-okay..)
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So, I just checked where he pooped, and his fleece liner is dark.. so I soaked up his urine with a paper towel and there was blood in it.

I don't know what to do!!! I'm in a panic..

(of course, the vet, I know, but I need to wait til tomorrow..)
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Try calling your vet, even if they're closed sometimes they have an after hours answering service that will give them a message. Otherwise are there any 24 hour emergency vets in your area?
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Needs a vet Asap, sounds like internal bleeding.
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Is he okay?
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Default Re: Blue fell! Can't tell if he's bruised or..

There's a 24-hour emergency vet but they don't know anything about hedgehogs.. It's the only one I know of besides my last vet, who's worked there..

I just called him and the E-vets around here wouldn't be able to do anything since they're not equipped for small mammals. He said to keep an eye on him til tomorrow and to bring him in to a different hospital where they're equipped for hedgies (he told me where).

He said it could be simple bleeding from the fall in the bladder, which would be okay, since it'd be sterile.. if he ruptured his spleen, he could bleed out.

He said if he's not himself tomorrow, bring him in, but if he seems ok with no more bloody urine, he may be fine. (but still bring him in just in case)
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Praying everything will be OK and sending positive vibes your way.
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Please let us know tomorrow how your lil guy is....prayers sent.
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Thank you for your positive vibes and prayers.. Blue and I appreciate them <3

I'll let you know how it goes, either way.

Gosh, this is so scary. I just hope he's okay, and if not, I hope he's not in any pain..
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Oh, no. I am sending happy, positive, wonderful thoughts to you and Blue. I hope it's nothing too serious and that he will be just fine. *Hugs* Please don't forget to let us know what happens tomorrow.
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