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Old 04-19-2009, 08:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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my 5 months hedgie started to vomit this morning. i found the yellowish sticky thing around her mouth and then i am quite sure its from vomitting. i saw her threw up another 5 times just 10 minutes ago.. it is also yellowish but not as sticky as the first time i fround... its a bit watery and foamy...a lot of foam is still inside her mouth...(just like the foam in the pic)
i am very worried.... is it something due to the diet? she doesnt eat anything except the dry cat food. she normally eat the royal canin Lite 40 and she switched to oral sensitive 30 (royal canin too) around 2 weeks ago. oral sensitive is a bit bigger in size, she cannot swallow, so i soaked them and feed her. she didnt vomit during the change.. so i wonder if it is due to this or she might have licked something toxic??

can somebody please help ? thanks........
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Does she have something caught in the roof of her mouth?

Hold her and put both thumbs at the sides of her jaws. Gently wiggle your thumbs into the little space between her teeth. Some of them will open their mouths giving you a chance to look. Of course others clamp their mouths even tighter.

You can also take the tip of a q-tip with most of the fuzz removed, the tip of a small syringe, or a popsicle stick and gently put it between her teeth at one side of her mouth. She should open her mouth and you will get a fleeting glance at the roof of her mouth. Make sure you are working with lots of light because you don't usually get long to look.

If you see any kibble, use the q-tip or tip of the syringe and gently put it in from the very back corner of her mouth and gently sweep slightly up and forward. Be very careful so you do not push it back further.

Before doing all this, talk to her calmly and tell her you are going to try and help her and tell her what you will be doing. I'm a great believer in letting them know what is going on even if they don't understand... sometimes I think they do.

From your description it sounds to me like something is in the roof of her mouth. If not and the vomiting continues, she needs to see a vet.
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Nancy.. thanks a lot!
you always come here when i desparately need help! anyways, i will take your advice and give it a try first
btw, i was also thinking if it is due to something toxic eaten few hours back.. because this little gal just like to lick everything... and when i was trying to clean her home today, she was trying to bite on a little sponge that i used for face cleansing.. she might have swallow some of the sponge..............
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