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Old 07-30-2014, 10:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Since I got him, he has barely eaten anything, now he stopped all together

I'm scheduling an appointment at a vet for doughnut, he seems to be having quite a few problems since I got him (I wrote a frantic post about his hibernation attempt under 'hibernation'). But before I go, is there ANYTHING I can try to get my hedgie eating?

He runs in his wheel like a maniac, this morning I took it out in hopes of him eating instead of running.

We've tried baby food and wetting down his kibble but he won't eat any of this in large enough amounts. We've also tried feeding him banana, apples, and dried mealworms- but he doesn't want to eat them.

He appears to have a small bump under his snout right around his lip area. (Staff infection?)

The weird thing is- he seems to be using the little hogs room quite regularly. But his feces are green, which could be nothing or could be bad.

He's looking really skinny at this point, and I just want him to eat. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You need to syringe feed him now.

https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...ng-sticky.html

Read through this. And get food in him asap. Hediges can develop fatty liver disease very fast without food.

Try to feed him 24 ml every day. If you get 4ml in him, then in four hours you need to feed him again.

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Old 07-31-2014, 12:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with Desiree.
The green poop could be a sign of an infection, but hedgehogs can also have green poop if they are not eating enough (something to do with their bile I believe).
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Old 07-31-2014, 12:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Okay, I'm going to go get some syringes as soon as I can! Should I feed him that much even though he is only a baby?

Thank you so much! Your advice means a lot!
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I would aim for that. He may need to be fed smaller amounts at one time.
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You can get free syringes from the pharmacist at the corner store or if they aren't open they are in the baby medicine section for measuring their medicine!
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Hehe, sadly in Seoul it's a little hard to come by a syringe- but after some intense searching I did find one. Should I wait till he wakes up from his nap to feed him, or is this urgent enough that I should take him out during the day?
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You need to feed him 4 hours or if you can't get him to eat very much at 1 time keep giving him small amounts until you get him to eat the entire amount.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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He needs to see a vet asap. His loss of appetite is very possibly related to his sneezing and is a progression of a URI.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:23 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Okay. He's so skinny.. I think a vet is necessary. But he has stopped sneezing and has gotten more into just a lingering runny nose.
But I've also notice that when he gets sleepy and falls to sleep on me and I try to put food next to his face he turns away, like he doesn't even want to smell it.
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