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Old 08-23-2012, 09:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This morning I found knuckles in a bloody mess in his cage. He bite his tongue & it got severed off.

I have got no idea how did he even bite his tongue but I have crushed paracetamol mixed in water and feed him a little. There isn't any vet in town where I can bring him to.

He's sleeping in his cage now and I'm monitoring his condition

Is there anything I can do for him.

P.s. For all the negative comments, keep it for yourself. It has happened and I'm here for a solution, not your bs.

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Old 08-23-2012, 09:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is there absolutely no vets at all in the town?

All he really needs is to ensure the tongue is severed cleanly, then a round of pain meds/anti-inflammatories and antibiotics.

But definitely metacam for the pain and antiinflammatory.
None of it REALLY need a specialised vet. I suggest getting proper dosing advice from those who have had the meds. LizardGirl is one that comes to mind right away who would know the dosing off the top of her head(lol) that way you can sort of just tell the vet what you want done and what you need.

And of course picking up soft food such as Hills A/D from the vet.

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Old 08-23-2012, 10:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok, had to look paracetamol up and I couldn't do it properly on my phone.(we just call it acetaminophen)

The problem with those types of drugs is that it can be highly poisonous in some animals. We know they are used with extreme caution in cats and we honestly do not really know how a hedgehog metabolism works and if the drug will damage liver/kidneys when passing through the body.

So something else you should also keep an eye for is renal failure. It may not happen, it may have been ok to use. But without knowing proper dosing, it's very hard to determine what sort of dose is "safe". At least we know drugs such as metacam, baytril etc etc have been used on hedgehogs with little adverse effects.

For tonight, if you don't have canned food, soak his kibble and make it soft so there's nothing to really chew.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the help! Appreciate it!!
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Can't comment as to whether the paracetamol/acetaminophen is good to use on hedgehogs, but hopefully it's fine. What I can say is that anything like that should be given in an extremely small amount. A fraction of a cc, basically. If you can get the children's version, which is a lower concentration, that's even better. We're dealing with one of our hedgehogs having gnawed a sore spot on her stomach, most likely due to skin itching/irritation from mites, and have been giving her children's Benadryl. It takes 5-6 kibbles of babycat soaked in the syrup (easiest way to get it into her) to make her drowsy from it, which tells us it's kicked in well. I wouldn't suggest using any more than that when you use any painkiller or other medication that's designed for humans.

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Old 08-23-2012, 10:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm sorry I can't be much more help. It's not like I can tell you to check his gum colours like you would in a dog or cat(THAT I can do well ).

You also want to keep an eye on hydration levels. This, you can definitely do. Just take a small pinch of skin, pull lightly and let go. The skin should pop back under 2 seconds if the animal is properly hydrated. If you notice the skin is a bit sticky, or slow to "bounce", then he needs more fluids. Which may also mean you will have to syringe water (and most likely food too).

(lol sorry, I keep thinking of more stuff to add on)
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey it's alright

Really do appreciate all the help I get from this forum. For now, getting the right medication is crucial. Waiting for lizard girl's reply
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I think waiting for Lizardgirl is the best idea, I would trust her dosage instructions the most. If possible I would try to get antibiotics for him just in case, tongue injuries usually heal fast but are very prone to infection.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Any idea on what kind of antibiotic??
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I know that Baytril and Clavamox are both hedgie safe.
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