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Old 03-25-2012, 09:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So one of the hedgehog babies (all 6 weeks old, still living with mom) has a big lump right below her forehead and a bit above her face mask. At the very tip of that lump is dried blood of some kind. I can't take a picture either. I think she spiked herself or one of her sisters or even her mom did, or she might have been bitten. Will this go away by itself? It's pretty big and I'm really worried about it.
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She needs to see the vet to have it checked. It is possibly an abscess and may need to be lanced and cleaned out plus antibiotic. Once an abscess starts it can grow very quickly.

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She needs to see the vet to have it checked. It is possibly an abscess and may need to be lanced and cleaned out plus antibiotic. Once an abscess starts it can grow very quickly.

Good luck.
hmm. I see. Thank you! :P
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well I just called the clinic and said the vet was out for a whole week! I don't know what I'm going to do. That vet is the only one near me (sorta, its an hour away) the rest are just too far. Another thing, I DID notice she liked putting her head in the used toilet roll often and sleep in it and keeps struggling to take it out. Could it be the friction that caused this lump? Or if its an abscess could it be bacteria from the toilet?
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Not sure about whether or not it could cause the lump, but if you cut the toilet paper roll down the middle (and round out the corners), it won't be a struggle for your hedgie to get her head out.
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I found a cockroach in the cage too. That evil little thing might have taken a bite on her! I didn't notice because it was hiding under all the cloth. Sneaky little thing.
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