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Old 05-28-2019, 11:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I went to the vet today after a couple weeks of Stella not seeming to good. She's been falling over and hasn't been able to use her back legs much at all and also hasn't been eating much of anything. She thinks it's WHS. So my question is, what do I do now? I feel like I should probably start syringe feeding her as she isn't eating much even when I try to put food right up to her mouth. She's still drinking fine though. Is there anything I can do to make it easier for her to get around or make her more comfortable? I love my Stella and if I only have a little bit more time with her I want to make her as comfortable and cared for as possible.
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Old 05-28-2019, 01:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If the falling over came on suddenly its most definitely not WHS as this is a slow process.
If she's not eating much then syringe feeding would be best to start doing.
There are a fair few things that can cause problems with back legs.
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There are many reasons for hind leg weakness. Such as sprain, calcium deficiency, bone or muscle problems, nervous system problems and so on.
The WHS is just one of a number of neurological problems. You can take him to the vet. Have the animal examined to find out what caused the weakness in his hind legs. If it can't feed itself, you need to feed it artificially. Give it nutrients such as high-protein foods and calcium. See if it gets better.
That's my opinion. I hope it helps you.
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Syringe feed her if she isn't getting enough to maintain weight. Provide supporting care. Rub her legs a couple of times a day if she isn't using them as much. If it is a neurological issue you may find her legs are becoming stiff, or having spasms, massaging them can help with that.


What tests, if any, did the vet do to determine it was WHS? What medications has the vet tried in order to rule out other possible issues?


If the vet didn't do anything, there is a wide variety of issues that mimic WHS and some vets seem to jump to that conclusion without ruling out other issues. It could be a neurological issue, it could be arthritis, spondylosis, back injury or some other issue causing the weakness. An x-ray of the spinal column can help determine if there is arthritis, a slipped disk, etc. Its also common to try a round of steriods or a NSAIDS to rule out inflammation and/or pain.

I've dealt with a number of hedgehogs that have wobbled, and lost use of some of their limbs or completely lost their mobility. One was had a series of strokes/seizures, another slipped a disk in her back, another had spondylosis, a couple had nueorlogical disorders that we felt was more related to their poor care prior to me, none we felt were WHS related.
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