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Old 06-08-2019, 08:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Penny: 4+ Year Old APH

Penny is the little lady I adopted from my cousin who no longer could take care of her. They lived in NJ but I live somewhere close and finding medical care for these creatures is not so easy here if you catch my drift.

I have had a hedgehog in the past. And he lived all the way until after 5 years WHS fully took him as he lay in my hands.

Penny is normally a bit... rebellious. She was not handled much and thus she doesn’t like when I bug her too much. But today I took her out and she was keen to lay with me. I was able to touch her nose, mouth, pretty much anywhere as I tried to see if anything would visually clue me into what was wrong.

The last she and I played was the day I clipped her nails maybe a little over a week ago. I think I nipped her so she went back in the cage after some starching of her foot. She was walking funny but I assumed it was from holding her foot.

Now she seems to not be relying on her back feet much. She’s a bit sluggish, laying on me very limp and hardly bothering to move. I have not seen her food or water levels drop at all in the past week and her poo has been infrequent, runny and dark green.

I’m laying with her now. She’s gotten more active since I took her out a while ago but she’s still not acting like herself.

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Old 06-09-2019, 02:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Really you need a vet it sounds like she has some illness, and to be honest if you don't catch it soon you could very loose her too, if you think she isnt eating and drinking have you syringe fed her at all ??

No one here will be able to tell you 100% exactly what's wrong just come up with ideas. Also it does seem like something that needs tests and medication from the vet. People may have some ideas, but you will probably still need medication from a vet.
Animals shouldnt really be diagnosed and medicated over the internet, in this case it could cause more provlens than help

I know this may not be very helpful, but its the best advice anyone can give.

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Old 06-09-2019, 03:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Try and see if you can find an emergency vet. If not then you do need to syringe feed her, something like a good wet cat food or blend up some of her insects and a little water to make it looser. Just to get something into her so she's less likely to get much worse before you can get her to a vet
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Old 06-09-2019, 06:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This is an emergency and you need to get her to a vet asap. I would show up on their doorstep as soon as they opened. They will see emergency patients without an appointment. She sounds very sick and needs help.
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