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Old 11-15-2014, 12:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I woke up this morning and noticed my hedgehog didn't eat anything last night. Then I took him on a planned trip to my grandma's house. This isn't his first trip, and I kept him warm, and brought him in his travel cage, once I took him out of his cage at my grandma's I noticed that he threw up and this is his first time throwing up. The amount of throw up was about the size of a quarter and a creamy yellow brown colour. Should I be concerned? Or could this just be from all the movement and change of smells? I haven't changed his food or anything. Just any information on what this may be or what to do is appreciated! Thank you!
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Old 11-15-2014, 01:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would keep an eye on him. The vomiting could have been if he already had an upset stomach or if having an empty stomach prompted motion sickness during the car ride or something like that. How long are you staying at your grandma's? Or are you guys already back home? Either way, take extra care to make sure he gets enough light & stays warm enough at her house, and that his cage is dark enough at night for him to be active. If he doesn't eat tonight, you'll need to start syringe-feeding tomorrow. You could make a vet appointment, then continue trying to narrow down a cause until the appointment - offering a bowl of dampened kibble along with his regular kibble can help indicate mouth problems if he goes for softer kibble over his usual kind. Keep an eye out for any other symptoms as well - unusual looking poop, lethargy, unusual behaviors, etc. Did he behave otherwise normally last night? Did he wheel & drink water?
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey! Thank you so much for responding!

He is acting normally, is cuddly with me and borrowing under everything, but once again he did not eat much last night! He normally eats everything I give him, but the last two nights he has barely touched his food! I'm really worried, do you have any tips on syringe feeding him? I'm gonna try giving him a variety of food tonight to see if he eats anything at all! I'm not sure if he ran in his wheel, there is poop in it so I think he did, and I believe he had water, its really just him not eating. I'm gonna look into a vet appointment tomorrow! Thank you so much for your help!
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Old 11-16-2014, 03:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here's our syringe-feeding sticky that has a lot of tips - https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...ng-sticky.html

I like baby food best for short-term syringing. It gets something in their stomach, hedgies usually like it, and it's very easy to syringe without having to do much to it. If you mix a meat baby food (chicken or turkey) with a veggie (peas, sweet potatoes, carrots), it's usually perfect consistency to go through the syringe. You can also use a good quality canned cat food though, the pate/minced style. You'll just need to water it down & make sure it's broken up well with a spoon or fork before you syringe it, it has larger lumps that can clog the syringe. You could also grind his kibble up & mix that with water, but same issue - you'll need to make sure it's broken down finely enough to go through.

Sounds like a vet visit would be a good idea! Good luck, I hope you can either get him eating or figure out what's going on with him. Let us know what happens!
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hello again!

So I have good news, Tony started eating again and he started running in his wheel more and there's been no more throwing up! So he is doing so much better!! I've been keeping a close eye on him, just to be sure, but he is doing well. Thank you SO much for your help and advice! Luckily I didn't actually have to use it, but I feel a lot better prepared for if anything comes up in the future. Thanks again!
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