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Old 12-23-2011, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I had to take my almost two year old hedgehog Daisy to the er vet today after finding that she had some runny stools. He took a stool sample and ended up suggesting I put her on antibiotics & a dewormer, although he didn't find any worms. I know that hedgehogs can be very sensitive to some medications & since he's not my regular vet (she's off due to Christmas) I want to trust him fully but I can't at the same time. He gave her Fenbendazole & Metronidazole & also recommend I see about getting her a probiotic but didn't suggest anything specific. I want to start her on these medications if they're safe asap to avoid anymore problems! Does anyone know if these are safe drugs for a hedgie? Also can anyone recommend a probiotic to use? Any help/suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated, Thank you!
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Both have been used in hedgehogs before and are listed in the hedgehog formulary I have. I have not heard of anything bad about these two medications. I have used the Met. before but not the Fen. before.

For probiotics, you can go to the health food store and pick up a bottle of acidolphilus. Buy one that has a very high live culture count. Give it mid way between the antibiotic doses. Otherwise the antibiotic will kill the probiotic and it won't do any good to give it.
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Thank you! How much of the acidophilus should I give her?
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I use a real technical method of measuring... a hefty sprinkle . Just open a capsule and sprinkle some on her food. You won't over dose on it.
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