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Old 12-22-2019, 11:54 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Even after the pain meds the most he ate last night was two bites of the baby food. Didn't touch either the kibble or the wet cat food. I can hear him snoring but other than that it doesn't look like he's moved in the last 10 hours.
When he takes the pain meds today I'll get a few ml of pedialyte in him and try force feeding him something. Unlike friday when I tried srynge feeding him, he didn't seem to spit out the pedialyte after he took the medicine. If not for the few bites of baby food, he probably wouldn't have gotten any water at all since the surgery.
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Old 12-26-2019, 08:47 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear about your boy.

I’ve never been prescribed pain meds for my boy. I don’t live in the US though.

Have your tried giving carnivore care yet? It is an emergency powder food to give sick animals, with a lack of appetite or recovering from surgery. Most people find it kicks starts the appetite. It’s a nutrient rich food so definitely try getting some (can order off amazon, buy in large chain pet stores and some vets stock it too). Can sprinkle it in his food or add water to make a paste and put in a separate small dish or if he won’t eat on his own, it can also be syringed fed. There is a guide to syringe feeding on here if you need help/tips.

I soak my boy’s hard kibble and add insects to it (he has mouth issues). It’s the only way he’ll eat kibble. You could try soaking some kibble, mushing it up and mixing with the baby food, carnivore care etc. My boy didn’t care for pate food either.

Does he like insects? You can mash them up or cut up and add to the food mix, might entice him... my boy’s favourite is superworms.

Start syringe feeding from today, the longer they go without food the weaker their bodies will become and they can develop fatty liver disease. He needs to be consuming about 20ml of food a day to stay strong and healthy. For every mil he eats you can wait an hour and try again. So if he eats 4ml feed again 4 hours later. There’s more info in the syringe feeding guide. Also a probiotic can help settle their GI tract after the stress of surgery. Sprinkle a pinch in his food at least an hour after antibiotics. I used benebac small animal probiotic.

Hoping he recovers soon x

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Old 12-27-2019, 05:55 PM   #13 (permalink)
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You need to start syringe feeding him. You can get a canned food called HIlls a/d from the vet. Its very nutrient dense and most hedgehogs like it. It's made for syringe feeding. You want to feed about 20-15 mls of food a day. After not eating much for a couple of days he probably doesn't feel like eating and needs the syringe feeding to stimulate his appetite again.
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