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Old 11-05-2012, 08:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Double check the chicken treats from Wal-mart. They are made in China. I wouldn't feed any of my animals anything made in China. Too many dogs and cats lost their lives to foods produced in China and sold through Wal-mart.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Anything freeze-dried, mealworms or otherwise, can be fine but can also cause constipation for some hedgehogs if they eat too much. Depends on the individual. Fresh is always better. Plenty of the more reputable pet food companies make dehydrated or jerky treats, in my opinion it's better to go with a company that you trust and know the source of the ingredients (particularly meat) is good. That's personal preference, though. With dehydrated or freeze-dried meat treats, there shouldn't be any problems, other than too much dehydrated food potentially being hard for some hedgehogs to process.

It wasn't asked, but since I mentioned jerky along with the dehydrated/freeze-dried, I might as well mention: treat them similar to mollusks. Small pieces and make sure the hedgie doesn't have a problem with the chewy texture, since jerky might be hard to tear pieces off. Jerky can be soaked in water for a little while to soften it if that seems to be a problem.

A lot of things designed as treats for cats or dogs, including jerky ones, are fairly high in sodium. They're fine in small amounts, but there are definitely better options. Consider that most bags of treats give a certain number per day (can vary based on the size of the animal), and then consider the size of a hedgehog, and use common sense.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:45 AM   #13 (permalink)
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When i got preston they gave me some food from what he was already eatting, we live beside a natural pet food store so what are the main factors about the car food that i should be looking for?
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:19 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Go ahead and flip through some past threads in the Diet and Nutrition forum, there are a lot of discussions about what constitutes a good or bad food. There is also a section in my book (link in my sig) discussing what to look for and what to avoid - this thread is just for treats, though.



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I know turkey and chicken is ok but what about ham? I know a lot of people think "pig meat" is gross or too fatty or something so I was wondering if that's why it's not listed? Or is it covered under "etc" lol. Trying to get rid of the left over frozen ham from Thanksgiving lol
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Ham/pork is fine, but it is high in fat, so just be mindful of that.
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Thank you. I just thought it would be a yummy treat won't give it to her very often.. I'm tired of looking at it in my freezer lol.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:22 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Hi, I was wondering where the first info in this page came from (like the book reference).

What's wrong with grapes?, Ive never had a problem and Drs Quesenberry and carpenter list it as a safe treat in the book Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents.

Just saw the Cited text, NVM
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Grapes can cause renal failure, namely in dogs, so they aren't considered safe for hedgehogs. For dogs it's "large amounts", and not necessarily every dog will react that way, but they're definitely considered dangerous and off limits for dogs. Even one grape for a hedgehog could theoretically be a "large amount" given their small size. Since the exact toxic component hasn't been identified, and therefore it's also unknown whether only dogs are affected in this way, grapes are on the "unsafe" list for hedgehogs.
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There are hedgehogs who have gotten renal failure from grapes, as moxieberry mentioned. The page is from the book linked to in my signature.



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