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Old 01-02-2011, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, so Stella has been doing incredibly well for a long long time now. This morning I went to check on her and I picked her up to find her front right leg is swollen!
She's not acting like it hurts and she is even running on her wheel right now, eating normally and isn't grumpy.

I've called EVERY vet in a 50 mile radius and even the emergency vets, three of them told me they will see her but openly admitted they don't treat or are not familiar with Hedgies.

I'm worried about her little leg, even if she's not too bothered by it! Does anyone in the Orlando area know a vet personally or even someone who would know what to do for Stella!?
I can't stand the idea of waiting until tomorrow to get her seen...

The swelling /bump is between what I'd call her wrist and elbow. Someone help, I'm so scared.
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm sorry to hear about Stella's leg. I can't help with a vet recommendation, just wanted to say (in case you haven't done it yet) that it might be a good idea to take her wheel out of the cage until you're able to take her to vet.

Please let us know how it goes.
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I did I didn't think about it until after I posted, but I figured it was best to keep her as inactive as possible.

I am wondering if the wheel is to blame!
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Is the swelling hard or soft?
Is there heat in the leg?
Have you looked closely at it to see if there is any sign of a cut or other injury?
How does she react when you touch it? Does she flinch?
You said she was happy to run on her wheel, does she shown any signs of lameness/does she favour that leg at all when she walks?
I am by no means a vet or expert on hedgehog ailments; I am just thinking of the standard things I would check for on my horse or any other animals with a swollen leg.
If this was not a hedgehog, I would suggest some sort of cold compress to see if it brings the swelling down; but I think our little guys are waaaaay to sensitive to cold temperatures. Hmmm.
I have used a poultice of cabbage leaves on people before - an aunt who is a nurse suggested it when I blew my knee out and I have used it in other situations - basically put cabbage around the limb and wrap in with plastic wrap - the cabbage draws out the heat. But again, don't know if this is possible with a little hedgehog.
Sorry if I am rambling, I am just trying to think of something; especially if you can't get her to a vet until tomorrow.
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here is a link to all of the AEMV (Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians), just pick the state and click "get vets": http://www.aemv.org/vetlist.cfm
I would also save this site in case of emergenicies in the future.
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Old 01-02-2011, 07:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The bump is hard, not warm and she's not favoring it too much.
She lets me touch it and is not flinching when I try to feel it.

She's alright when walking, and has a very small slight limp. No cuts no discoloration.

She's reluctant to put it down when she's in my hands but when she's on the floor or in her cage she seems fine.
She seems to be fine, same healthy appetite and no changes in behavior. She's just as sweet as ever. I'm just worried.
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Saw the vet, Stella's leg has an abnormal bone growth. Which seems odd because I never noticed it before and I'm very attentive to her little feet (those claws never stop growing!!)

Vet thinks it may be cancerous and planned a biopsy. She recommends amputation if it is.

I feel so helpless.
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So sorry to hear that *Hugs. Hopefully all will go well so she can have a quick recovery. Please keep up updated on the little one, I'll be sending prayers your way.
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I had a little guy named Chevy. He was sold from the petstore my daughter used to work at, then came to me as a rehome and then went to gml where he lived out his life.

Chevy had abnormal bone growth in his legs and was seen by the vet with his original owner, by my vet when he came to me, and then by gml's vet. My daughter says he had it as a baby at the store and it kind of grew as he grew. It wasn't cancerous. gml can tell you more about it as he had Chevy longer than anyone.
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I'm so sorry to hear of this Stella; hopefully the biopsy will not be too invasive and everything will be okay.

Take solace in knowing that many 3-leged hedgies do well. My baby is without her front left leg. She was born with 4, but somehow her foot's circulation didn't work.. and it turned black and fell off. She fought through it though, and took her antibiotics and hopefully I'll be able to take her home in one week
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