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Old 02-01-2014, 12:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I thought I'd share my latest experience with my hedgie, Clementine.

She was scratching her ears silly, to the point of them bleeding and scabbing. She wasn't really running on the wheel too much, and her poop was diarrhea mucousy. I went to the vet because I thought she may have mites or an ear infection. After a swab of the ear and a skin test, she didn't find anything. She figured the bloody ears was just discomfort for the dry climate. Since I mentioned hedgie has diarrhea, the vet decided to do a poop test.
She found that hedgie had Beaver Fever (Giardiasis)! I was pretty surprised! I'm glad though I took hedgie for her ears, because I probably would have waited out her runny poo, and not think of it too much. I mean it's not fatal, but hedgie would probably be dehydrated and squitting for another month or two.

I guess it shows that any signs of poor health could be ANYTHING!
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