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Old 11-21-2017, 05:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So Jupiter just vomited. Literally, out of the blue, he vomited.

It's about 4am, and literally everywhere people say a vomiting hedgie needs to be rushed to the vet. Unfortunately I am in no possible position to be getting to a vet right now. I have one available but other circumstances make the trip a bit impossible at the moment. Jupiter has been fine up until now, he's been eating and drinking and running on his wheel. I just happened to be awake when I heard him heaving and looked over to see mushy light brown vomit, and he was trying to eat it. I quickly cleaned it up, changed his bedding...and noticed the puppy pad I have under his blanket (i know pads are unnecessary, didnt realize this when i bought them) had a hole chewed in it.

Jupiter likes to get under his blanket and sleep on the pads. He's never chewed or destroyed one before but there's a sizeable hole in it. Could the plastic be what caused him to vomit? Is there literally anything I can do besides taking him to a vet? I realize my helplessness in not being able to rush him to emergency care is really terrible of me but I just can't do it. Could he have gotten sick from running on his wheel, going to eat, running again, and repeating this? He normally does this, going back and forth between the two. Please help!! I'm freaking out! 😭😭😭
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Old 11-21-2017, 10:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If he's behaving normally, still eating, drinking and running on his wheel and his poop is normal I wouldn't rush him to the vet. Sometimes hedgehogs vomit for no apparent reason. If there is anything else happening too, no eating etc, then yes he needs to see a vet. Also if he continues to vomit then he needs to see a vet as well.

He may have eaten some of the puppy pad, they have chemicals in them to encourage puppies to use them for a bathroom, and that could have caused him to vomit. I would remove the puppy pads, stop using them and just keep a close eye on him for the next day or two.
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If he's behaving normally, still eating, drinking and running on his wheel and his poop is normal I wouldn't rush him to the vet. Sometimes hedgehogs vomit for no apparent reason. If there is anything else happening too, no eating etc, then yes he needs to see a vet. Also if he continues to vomit then he needs to see a vet as well.

He may have eaten some of the puppy pad, they have chemicals in them to encourage puppies to use them for a bathroom, and that could have caused him to vomit. I would remove the puppy pads, stop using them and just keep a close eye on him for the next day or two.
I fell asleep a little while after, but I woke up to find his water polished off and a clean wheel dirty again, so I'm assuming he's going about his normal business. Poop seems normal, as well. I also don't see any more vomit. Hopefully it was just an episode and he will be okay. As a new hedgie mom, unexpected developments scare me to the moon and back again--thanks for the reassurance.
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