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Old 06-03-2013, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ivy barely eating and not wheeling. Time for the Vet?

Ivy usually eats around 1.5-1.75 Tablespoons of food a day. Last night would be the third night she has eaten less than .75 tablespoons of food. I believe she is still drinking (assuming it's not just spilling out of the bowl) but she is not wheeling hardly at all. Last night she didn't wheel at all, although the last two night she has wheeled, just not as much as usual. She is pooping, although not as much as usual but that could be because she's not eating?, and her poops look normal.

Unfortunately I don't know if she has lost weight since my scale is broken (it once told me Prim went from being 240g one day to 786g the next lol). Her cage temperature stays right around 75 and her light schedule has not changed. She is going through a bit of quilling. Could that be the cause of this?

Is it time for a trip to the vet?
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Ivy barely eating and not wheeling. Time for the Vet?

I think it could be because of the quilling. If she's not feeling well because of the quilling, I would imagine that would effect her activity. I would get a new scale before going to the vet Is she grumpier at all?
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Default Re: Ivy barely eating and not wheeling. Time for the Vet?

Her personality is exactly the same. I just called the vet I work at (they're like a minute down the street) and asked if I could come up and use their scale to make sure I get an exact reading LOL. It pays to have connections :P
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Ivy barely eating and not wheeling. Time for the Vet?

Going on 5 nights where Ivy has barely eaten anything. She ran on her wheel some last night, but not as much as she usually does. I can see the new quills coming through so she's definitely quilling some.
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Default Re: Ivy barely eating and not wheeling. Time for the Vet?

Just an update...

I went ahead and syringe fed Ivy about 2 CCs of chicken baby food. She really loved it but refused to eat it on her own. That could just be because I was offering it during the day but I really wanted to get some food in her since it has been 5 days. I gave her a little moisturizing bath to help with her quills. When I was holding her I would be COVERED in flaky dandruff .

Hopefully this will help her get to feeling better.
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Default Re: Ivy barely eating and not wheeling. Time for the Vet?

Poor girlie! See if she eats at night? That is a long time to go without eating compared to before, maybe it really is time for a simple vet checkup? I'm glad at least the syringe feeding works.
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Default Re: Ivy barely eating and not wheeling. Time for the Vet?

She went for a check up last week and everything was fine. She ate all the chicken baby food I left for her and most of her regular food last night so I think she's back to normal! Will see if she eats again tonight!
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good, I am so glad!
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Default Re: Ivy barely eating and not wheeling. Time for the Vet?

Me too! I was SO worried. It's crazy that something so tiny can worry you so much lol
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