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Old 10-31-2017, 06:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hedgehog Misscarrage or What? Something bizarre happened.

So my hedgehog was accidently bred, long story, while I was away, this happened Sept 7th. Assumed she was pregnant, she began growing a larger underbelly.

I took a vacation, left her alone for 4 days. Upon returning, I picked her up to check on her, and she had tissue inside of her lady bits. I assumed she had lost the pregnancy. I placed her back down, later to return and the tissue was expelled. It was not a fetus, but a long dark tissue strand about 3in long. Placenta?

Her underbelly is no longer sticking out anymore, but she's still nesting and acting a little eratic like the vet said she would be if she was pregnant. Took her in, vet is stumped, but vitals and urine came back good. Offered antibiotics, but if she is pregnant, they would most likely kill the offspring.

Assuming she did, she would have lost the pregnancy on the 26th-27th, as roommate went to pick her up and no blood morning or nothing. Absolutely no traces of birth, no blood spots, no signs that she would have given birth. I understand she would most likely eat the afterbirth, but I assume the cage would have blood spots in her bedding.

I place her back in with toilet paper strips, she's still nesting with the toilet paper and her bedding. I picked her up again later, her lady bits are leaking a clear fluid now. She would often roll into a ball before the pregnancy, she still just lays on her back waving her little arms around until I place her back. Local vets are useless. She drinks a lot of water, eats a little food, poops fine. Doesn't appear too be in pain, runs in a wheel when offered.

Anybody got anything? Called a vet in California and Colorado and they're stumped too, they've never heard this.
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Old 10-31-2017, 06:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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She is approximately 1 year as of yesterday. She is still quite large, but less of her rump flesh is sticking out is what I meant. Light touching, I can still feel a mass, about the size and feel of when she started growing larger and when the vet confirmed pregnancy.

The puzzling thing was the lack of blood throughout her enclosure and still nesting just three days later.
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Old 10-31-2017, 10:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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She needs to be seen by a vet. She may have one or more dead fetus in her and if so they need to be removed.

Side note, a hedgehog shouldn't be left alone for 4 days, they need to be checked daily for temperature and injury/illness. Also food and water should be changed daily.
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I had said above that my roommate had checked up on her and could find no traces of blood. And that I also had taken her two two vets, and even called vets from California and Colorado, states away from me. I am unsure as to what vets I could have provided for her at this point, the vets appear to be uneducated on this matter and refuse to do anything until there is a proven issue.

I have spent well over $1.3k on her since her urinary tract infection two months ago to the beginning of this prergnancy and what I assumed was endnof said pregnancy. If the issue persists at even day 50, I will demand a spay from the vet unless something is likely to happen again.

My question what, is there traces of blood during a birth?
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