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Old 06-26-2014, 08:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am really scared of the worse happening to this hedgie, its a long story, let me try and start from the beginning. I was given the job to take care of my fathers dog and hedgehogs, I told him i couldnt do it because i am writing exams till (today) but he still forces it on me, and when today came, it was raining, so i left the dog in my fathers room (house pet as well as outside dog) and went off to write my final. When i returned home i went to take the dog out since the sun had come out, i walked into the room to step into a horrible site, a hedgehog cage thrown across the room with all the contents inside scattered across the floor. I had looked where the hedgehog was that was inside the cage, and i found her, a foot up, on the bed where the dog usually sleeps and hops around on with a little bit of wetness around her, not sure if it was her urine from being scared or not, but nevertheless i found her curled up into a ball twitching every now and then, like a click-clank sound whenever she twitches. I cant see any bitemarks on her yet but then again she hasnt opened up yet, right now i have her here on my lap and she has just started grunting again for the first time since i got home.

I know most of you will say that i need to take her to the veterinarian but right now we are going through a bit of a money problem and cant afford the job a veterinarian would do, so now im stuck between a rock and a hard place and i need you guys help, i have taken her out of my fathers room completely and set up another cage for her where she can live and try to feel safe in for now. I just need some help to be sure that she wont go up into the big hedgehog world in the sky, thanks in advance.

Jeandre.
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Update: I just noticed her walking around in the new cage that i put her in ^.^ Dont know if its a good sign or a bad sign
Update update: She is trying to climb out and just tipped her whole waterbowl over, luckily i just saw her poop, and that is a good sign =)
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Walking around is good. Watch her closely for any signs of limping or favoring any legs. Climbing is NOT good - make sure she's not able to climb, as that's just another way she might hurt herself after the trauma she just dealt with. If she'll let you, get her back out and check her over thoroughly for punctures, scratches, and bruises. Even if the dog's teeth weren't able to puncture her skin, they could have very well bruised her up.

You said she pooped, which itself is an okay sign, but check the poop as well - does it have any red or orange in it? Or is it black and sticky, kind of tar-like? Either of those are signs of internal bleeding.

Honestly, if it were me, I'd take her to the vet to be checked over & be sure. But if you do see any signs of internal bleeding from her poop, if she goes off her food/water or is less active, or if you notice any other signs of behavior changes, she NEEDS to go to the vet, regardless of money, or she needs to be given to a rescue that's willing to get her the vet care she needs as soon as possible.

And this one's probably a given, but make sure the dog stays away from the hedgehog at all times for the rest of the time you're taking care of them. Not allowed in the same room, particularly when you're not there. I'd make sure your dad knows about the incident as well, so he knows the dog has been this aggressive towards the hedgehog.
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Lily'smommy, thank you soo much for your help, the hedgies poop is the normal colour and she escaped from her cage that i made for her but luckily my room was closed and locked so she couldnt escape and the dog has been moved and all the other hedgies have been secured at a level that if the dog were to reach them the dog would easily see that she shouldnt do it again. I found her walking about my room anointing herself which i think is a good sign of improvement, she is up and about like her normal self again, i think its because she feels much safer now, and she is evens running like a pro in her little wheel again ^.^! I have searched her and i see no bruises or bites or punctures in her but she looks so very healthy again =)
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Glad she's looking good. Continue to keep a close eye on her for the next couple of days, at least. And make sure you get her new cage fixed so she can no longer climb or escape from it, as that's pretty dangerous as well. I hope there's no further issues for this little girl or between the dog & hedgies in general!
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