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Old 01-30-2019, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there,
I have a 3.5 year old male hedgehog. He is fed blue wilderness adult cat food (proper fat and protein %), has a large enclosure with a wheel and water and hides. Weekly cleaned enclosure and foot bath.

A few months ago he had a sore around his anus which antibiotics took care of. Last week it reappeared so I scheduled a vet appointment for tomorrow. Today, however, he was very lethargic to the point where he wouldn't stand or walk much and wasn't hissing up as much as usual, so I brought him to the emergency vet.

They put him under and cleaned up his butt area and gave me the usual antibiotics.. but also told me he's lost a ton of weight which is common with cancer and that when it's time to put him down they can do it. That's all they told me, that it might be cancer. I had noticed he seemed smaller but I thought it was just me.

I took him home and cuddled with him for a little over an hour and he started getting restless so I put him in his cage. He took a few wobbly steps before laying on his tummy. I called the vet back and they said if he's not better by tomorrow to bring him back in. He's currently in my lap, he occasionally will stand and kind of wobble to a different spot and then lay back on his tummy.

-He didn't have any prior wobbliness so I'm sure it's not WHS
-He didn't eat today, I had changed his food and water last night
-he lost a lot of weight in the last week, a noticeable amount
-currently trying to feed him chicken baby food (vet request) and his regular food. Won't try either.

Is there anything more I can do? He's my first and my little dude and I'm so heartbroken. Seeing him so weak is killing me. Thanks
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You need to syringe feed him, he needs to get food for energy, the weakness may be from lack of nutrition. What's the temperature in his cage? You should bump up the temperature by a few degrees.
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I keep my room above 75, I've had the heater on since I came home with him so it's closer to 80 right now. I have syringes, how should I do it? The baby food might be able to get through the bigger syringe or should I do water and his dry food?
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Old 01-31-2019, 01:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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