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Old 06-16-2018, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello! Nice to meet you all, i’m new to this forum, i tried to search for a solution for this particular problem but couldn’t find it anywhere. I have a 2 year old male hedgehog. Recently, i’ve found a big mass on the right side of his belly, took him to the vet, and the vet said it was a tumor, most likely the tumor is pretty serious since it already spread to his stomach muscle. He had a quick surgery 2 days ago to remove it. I attach the photo I managed to take before the surgery since he moved around so much.. you can see the big bruised mass in his belly..

Now my concern is, once I took him home after the surgery, he wouldn’t touch his kibbles. The vet reminded me after the surgery that he won’t have any appetite for a few days after the surgery, I am aware of that. But i need him to eat so he can have the nutrition to heal. I had to change his food to a wet cat food, he was curious and licking it at first but that’s about it. I tried to syringe feed him because he hadn’t touch his food for 2 days, but he wouldn’t let me. Kept on hissing and balling up on me whenever I touched him. He has a fresh incision on his belly, maybe he’s stressed and in pain?

Also, since he didn’t eat and drink that much, he had a very tiny amount of poop. His stool was almost tar black, and kinda liquidy. Could it be a “leftover” stool from the surgery? I don’t really know what to do ( Before the surgery he was quite active, even when he had the mass in his belly, he ate and poop normally. Now all he does is hiding in his sleeping bag.

sorry if my explanation confuses you guys, english is not my first language..

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any help or reply will be a great help!
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I’m totally new here and new with hedgies too. However, I am a nurse and black liquid stool is never a good thing in a human. It’s usually old blood. It could be from the surgery but it could be that there is some internal bleeding going on. I am so sorry your lil hedgie is feeling bad. ☹️
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I’m totally new here and new with hedgies too. However, I am a nurse and black liquid stool is never a good thing in a human. It’s usually old blood. It could be from the surgery but it could be that there is some internal bleeding going on. I am so sorry your lil hedgie is feeling bad. ☹️
Thankyou! I really don’t know what to do since this is the first time he’s been this sick. Just 3 days ago, his poo was in normal brown color. Hard to imagine something went wrong this fast though 😭😭
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Hello! Did your vet prescribe your hedgie with pain killers? Or any medicine to help the incisions to heal nicely? Pain killers can help numb that pain your hedgie is feeling in his tummy and you can syringe feed him without pains. Is he drinking enough water as well? Dehydration is a huge problem and can add on more issues! Black stool usually means blood mixed with bodily fluids in the digestive tract or ulcers in the intestines so check up with your vet to fill them in on this!
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Hello! Did your vet prescribe your hedgie with pain killers? Or any medicine to help the incisions to heal nicely? Pain killers can help numb that pain your hedgie is feeling in his tummy and you can syringe feed him without pains. Is he drinking enough water as well? Dehydration is a huge problem and can add on more issues! Black stool usually means blood mixed with bodily fluids in the digestive tract or ulcers in the intestines so check up with your vet to fill them in on this!
Thanks for the reply! He didn’t give me any oral pain medication but he gave me like an antibiotic cream for me to rub on his incisions.. but i will ask him for some painkillers when I meet him next week for stitches removal..

As for the drinking, I noticed he didn’t drink that much either since i’ve been marking up her water as well.. i guess I need to give him water in syringe too.. do you know why he stops eating though? Is it because the stress post surgery probably like he’s in pain or something?
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Both stress from the surgery and pain can be stopping him from eating. Black stool is serious and you need to call your vet and tell them about it. You also need to get pain meds as soon as possible, next week is to long to wait.
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Hello! Did your vet prescribe your hedgie with pain killers? Or any medicine to help the incisions to heal nicely? Pain killers can help numb that pain your hedgie is feeling in his tummy and you can syringe feed him without pains. Is he drinking enough water as well? Dehydration is a huge problem and can add on more issues! Black stool usually means blood mixed with bodily fluids in the digestive tract or ulcers in the intestines so check up with your vet to fill them in on this!
Thanks for the reply! He didn’t give me any oral pain medication but he gave me like an antibiotic cream for me to rub on his incisions.. but i will ask him for some painkillers when I meet him next week for stitches removal..

As for the drinking, I noticed he didn’t drink that much either since i’ve been marking up her water as well.. i guess I need to give him water in syringe too.. do you know why he stops eating though? Is it because the stress post surgery probably like he’s in pain or something?
The pain from eating is probably making your hedgehog lethargic (lack of energy) and lose his appetite because when he eats, it's hurting his stomach where his procedure is. Try giving him water more often if you notice he's not drinking. This could help his stool not be so tar like, try calling your vet as soon as you can to let them know how he's doing. It's very unusual that your doctor didn't give you pain medicine, usually they do since they just got out of surgery so pain will occur.

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