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Old 09-10-2012, 10:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,

I'm new to the forum but I've been keeping Hedgies for 2 years now. My male hedgie, Jack, is suffering from a proptosed eye, this has been going on for about a week now. In my opinion his eye is too far off to save his vision but I do want the infection to subside. I called the vet and she said the only option is remove the eye because necrosis has already set in but unfortunately she and her husband(who is also a vet) don't know how to do the procedure, she said I should consider euthanasia but, of course, I refused. Was it a right decision? I hate to see the little guy suffering. Are there any topical antibiotics for humans I can use on him to help with the infection?
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Go to another vet?
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm sorry I can't help much, I don't really have any experience with this kind of thing. Hopefully someone else, like LizardGirl or one of the members who've had their hogs lose eyes, can come along with suggestions/advice. It might help to look around and see if you do have any other vets in the area though, just in case. I'm sorry I can't help more!
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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From what I remember from reading on here, I think Nancy is the one who had one with a prolapsed eye, and they just got antibiotics to keep infection down and the eye eventually just shrivelled up on its own. I'm on my phone now, so it's sort of hard to do a search. But if Nancy doesn't see this by tonight, send her a PM. I'm almost 100% sure she's the one with that experience.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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From what I remember from reading on here, I think Nancy is the one who had one with a prolapsed eye, and they just got antibiotics to keep infection down and the eye eventually just shrivelled up on its own. I'm on my phone now, so it's sort of hard to do a search. But if Nancy doesn't see this by tonight, send her a PM. I'm almost 100% sure she's the one with that experience.
Yep that was me, but Peaches didn't have infection in her eye. She was put on Metacam for pain and antibiotic eye drops to prevent infection.

With infection already present, probably that is why the vet says to remove the eye. I would think removing a hedgehog eye would be no different than a rat or other small animal. Is there another vet in your area that would be comfortable doing the procedure?

I wouldn't euthanize him because proptosed eyes are very common in hedgehogs because they have shallow eye sockets. Getting the infection under control is more of a concern because he will dig out the eye and it will heal on it's own. Metacam would control the pain until it's healed.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey thanks everyone! @nancy yes there are other vets but unfortunately no they don't handle hedgehogs, etc. they mostly specialize in Dogs and Cats and farm animals. Could I use betadine to treat the infection? if not could you recommend some medicines I could use?
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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So I was on my laptop and I noticed someipthing on my hedgie Shadow's face. When I took a closer look at it it was bleeding . I don't know if its blood or poo or even her eye . There is a hair caught in it and I don't know what to do . Someone please help I don't like seeing my hedgie in pain and I don't want her to die
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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This thread is over 3 years old, next time please start your own thread. If you can't tell what's going on with the eye and you see blood there is nothing you can do at home you need to take your hedgehog to a vet asap.
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