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Old 11-29-2011, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, so I got my hedgie, Silver, out for her 30-1hr bonding time, and she starts pooping non-stop. It was obviously diarrhea, and then I put her in a foot bath because she got poo all over her feet and she is still pooping in the water; so much poop. It isn't so much green though as it is light brown. I got her Friday, and the man gave me about a weeks worth of food. It is Purina Friskies. This is, I am assuming, the food she has been eating for awhile, so why is she having problems. As a treat I did give her some broccoli, and then I just got her cilantro, but she didn't really eat it yet. Could it be I have not changed the food since Saturday? There is just still so much in there I figured it didn't need to be changed yet, it still looks good.
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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She is a baby though; apparently they do poop all the time, but diarrhea? I will take her to the vet for her examination, but it'll probably be next week. Should I be worried yet?
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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She didn't eat any of the cilantro, correct? And it's better to take that out. It's not really safe to feed.

Did you get her from a breeder? It almost seems as though he just gave you a random bag of food, if she's reacting this way.

And yes, food in dish should be changed DAILY. In the extra warm environment that hedgies like, it's also nice and warm for bacteria to thrive in. So food and water must always be fresh daily.
How much food did you give her since Saturday? Has she been eating? (Just because you haven't chanced the food since Sat, it makes it seem like she hasn't eaten)

Later, once you get the tummy problem sorted out, you may want to think of changing to a different food. It's filled with corn(which can't really be digested) and by-products(leftover beaks, bones, hooves, horns, intestines, etc etc stuff no one wants to buy/sell/eat)

Make sure she is drinking well. It's going to be very easy for her to dehydrate. If it doesn't stop soon, I'd take her to the vet sooner rather than later. Being a baby, if she dehydrates too much, it's dangerous.

You can also try feeding her some canned unseasoned pumpkin(or even fresh pumpkin, or even squash baby food) to see if that will help.
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you for replying. I was already planning on changing her food, I just haven't gotten to the pet store yet to find Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul. She does seem to be eating. And she drank a large load of water yesterday. I felt like that may have had an effect. She definitely has been eatingf. Apparently if they eat too much that cause problems? Is this right.
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hedgehogs rarely overeat, so I doubt very much that's the problem. Babies eat alot normally so its not likely she overate.
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