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Old 04-15-2010, 01:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 2 year old girl Pequop has been acting odd the last 2 weeks (which have resulted in numerous vet visits) with signs of lethargy (warm bellied), inconsistent stools, mixed appetite readings...and this morning I found her gasping for breath as she sat in my lap. I took her into the E-vet, once again, but this time a different one, and was told immediately why she was gasping for breath. She is "severely obese" the doc said firmly. I immediately got defensive about being told this because I said she could still ball up perfectly fine and from what I understood that meant she was still fine, but when I saw her X-rays, I was taken aback. You could barely see her lungs and heart in the X-ray but you could see a very large liver. My 710 gram hedgehog whom I had thought was just "fluffy" is still at the vets being Sub-Q'd and in an oxygen tank. Any movement causes her to get out of breath and she starts to gasp a bit, even in the tank. I sat next to her tank for 30 minutes or so, and decided to have her left there at the vet's to get her in a more stable condition. The vet is going to have me put her on a complete liquid diet of .5 to 1 cc of Ensure 3 times a day to just get her the minimal amount of calories. Also, she will be on an antibiotic for her liver mixed in with some thyroid medication in case her thyroid is shot and it should cause her to lose more weight. He says there is a 50/50 chance she will rebound but the damage to the liver might already be done. If we keep seeing a steady declined in mood and health with our girl, we will help her cross over as this would be no way to live.

Main point in posting this is to have others aware of the toll obesity in hedgehogs can have. I adopted my girl as an adult and she was already 700 grams upon her becoming a part of our family and we should have known better by encouraging more weight loss implementation. Going by how they "ball up" is not an accurate way to determine obesity or not. From the X-Rays I saw today, my poor girl has her vital organs being suffocated by her overgrown liver and fat and it was CLEARLY visible.

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She has always been on a low fat food mix:
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Treats were always in moderation
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She has a C&C palace... not a cage.. (5' in length and 3' in width)
She has always been handled EVERY night for at least 30 minutes

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So sorry to hear about your little girl will keep her in my prayers.
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So sorry to hear about your girl. My girl & I are struggling to get her to loose some weight now too. Due to medications she's 630g & while she can roll up, has fat bulges when running around. Her breathing is fine while awake but she's snoring while sleeping which the vet said might be a result of the weight. Wishing both of us the best of luck.
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Wishing you both luck and hope both hedgies are fighting fit soon. xx
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So very sorry to hear about your girl

It sounds like she is in good hands with your vet and I sincerely hope she recovers.

Best of luck.
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Poor Pequop! I really hope you are able to do something to help her. You've been such a loving mommy to her. I wish you both the best!
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Thank you for sharing your experience at the vet, despite the fact that it didn't go so great for you and Pequop. Hope she recovers fast and gets into shape so you don't have any more scares.



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My prayers are with you guys and hope she makes a full recovery.
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oh no! i'm so sorry!
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I am so sorry to hear about little Pequop. You are so dedicated to the well-being of your babies and fuss over every detail, so this must be horribly hard for you. I know that your little one will receive the best of care from you. Take care of yourself too-you are a wonderful hedgie Mommy.
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