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Old 10-18-2017, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My hedgehog Fanny has been self-mutilating. She?s done this once before about 3 years ago - chewed herself up very badly. It looks awful! I took her to the vet a few days ago and they gave her antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory, but they couldn?t tell me why she is doing it (of course).
It was starting to heal and there was a scab forming, but she tore it up again. Today I noticed she has her skin stuck on a tooth. I?ve been trying on and off all day to help her get it unstuck because it looks very uncomfortable though she doesn?t seem to be in severe pain. I?m afraid to mess with it too much because she wont hold still and she gets irritated with me and she might start chewing even more, but I also don?t want to just leave it because I?m afraid her moving around will stretch it too much and damage the skin even more. I?m not sure what to do. I?m hoping to avoid taking her to the vet again but I may have to. Does anyone have experience with this or know what might help ?
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Old 10-19-2017, 01:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not sure I understand the problem. Like she was chewing on herself and now can't remove the tooth from what she was chewing on and is now stuck in weird position? Or just a small piece of skin happens to be stuck to her tooth like a piece of food might be? Is it a very large piece?
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Old 10-19-2017, 11:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The first one. The part of skin that she?s been chewing on (and that is still attached to her body) got stuck on her tooth when she was chewing. I hope that makes sense
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Old 10-19-2017, 11:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If it's still stuck you will need to take her to the vet to prevent more damage. They often chew at an injury while it's healing because it becomes very itchy. Ask your vet if there is anything you can give or use to prevent it from itching so much.
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