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Old 04-20-2013, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My girl Hufflepuff is about 5 years old. While cleaning out her cage today, I found a tooth. I checked her mouth and there seems to be a little swelling on one side that I hadn't noticed before. She seems to be eating and drinking fine, though she takes a while to chew up her food. I know dental issues are common, especially in older hedgehogs, and I'm just wondering what I should do in this circumstance? I don't want to take her to the vet unless necessary because there isn't one close to my city and its quite a drive. Also, do I need to crush up her cat food? I know she seems to be eating fine but it can't be easy to eat hard pellets with a tooth missing.

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Old 04-20-2013, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would like to have her checked by a vet if there's swelling. I'm a newbie though so I can't say for sure. Hopefully someone else will respond soon. If you aren't adverse to smelly poop, personally, I might would give her soft food or wet her dry food. I will see if I can find related posts.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The poor dear. I'd say to make a vet appt. only because of the swelling. There may be an abscess and infection will set in. With a girl her age, she may find it harder to fight infections. I'd also crush her food to smaller sizes and you may want to add some soft cat food to it as well. could be the start of gum problems.

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Old 04-20-2013, 06:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have had a couple "toothless" hedgies in the past. You can add a bit of water to her kibble to soften it but not make it into mush. I actually have one senior girl on soften kibble now and she's doing wonderfully.
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