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Old 03-27-2016, 10:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, so a bit of a story first!! The day started out pretty stressful, but had a good ending, I promise.

Jackie (Soyala_Amaya, runs Kansas City Hedgehog Rescue) was out of town this weekend & I was going to watch Danu since she's still on antibiotics for a UTI. On Friday, Pancake, the rescue who came in at 800g, had a severe hibernation attempt. After lots of cuddles and observation, we decided she was doing okay enough & that I would bring her home along with Danu for the weekend. Unfortunately, Pancake didn't recover very well from the attempt & was still very out of it on Saturday night. She didn't eat Saturday night either, so I started syringe-feeding this morning. When Jackie got to my place, we figured out she was severely dehydrated & started giving her Pedialyte. She seemed to be having trouble swallowing and breathing though, so we got worried enough to head to the emergency vet.

So here come the silver lining parts of the situation! First, we found an amazing emergency vet!! They were willing to see hedgehogs, which is rare enough. The vet we saw also seemed to have a little experience with hedgehogs - he knew how to handle her, their usual behavior, and was good at getting her mouth open for a look. He confirmed that she was severely dehydrated & that most of her symptoms were due to that. He gave her sub-cutaneous fluids to help get her rehydrated, and gave us antibiotics for a URI as well.

Now, the bill was already amazingly low for an emergency vet - it came out to only $160 for the visit, sub-q fluids, antibiotics, and a couple cans of Hills A/D!! Well, during the visit, my background in wildlife rehab was mentioned, and the vet took notice. He brought out his Easter surprise - two wild bunnies that someone had brought him this morning after they'd been attacked by a dog. He asked me to take them, so I brought them home & will be taking them to the local rehab tomorrow after work. The vet gave us a $45 discount for taking the bunnies, so I only paid $115! We couldn't believe how cheap it was. Needless to say, we found our emergency vet from now on!!

So, on to my Easter present...Well, I've been in love with Pancake since she came to Jackie three months ago. After having her at my house this weekend, I decided to add to the zoo. Jackie immediately said yes, so....Bindi has a big sister!!! And I get Pancake snuggles ALL THE TIME! It's going to be a rocky few days while I get her back on her feet, but hopefully she's feeling better with more fluids into her. Lots of Pancake spam will be joining my usual thread soon!
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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YEAH!!!!! This is great news! Congratulations!!!! Double the hedgie double the love!!! And how exciting to babysit little wild bunnies What a nice ending to a difficult weekend. Very happy for you
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Hooray for pancake!!!!
I can't help but wonder if it's the same wildlife rehab I took a baby bunny that had a run in with a dog many years ago.
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So exciting for you!!!
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Old 03-27-2016, 11:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What a wonderful Easter!!! What a lucky baby th have you for a MaMa!!
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Old 03-28-2016, 12:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Definitely double the love...Pancake is a lot of hog to love. Her weight is so much better though!! But she's still a large and long hedgie. We found someone in the UK tonight that makes and sells 14" bucket wheels and I'm contacting her to buy one for Pancake.

It looks like it's still going to be a rough couple days for poor Pancake. She's already quite dehydrated again when I took her out for meds, oral fluids, & food tonight. I'm going to be calling my usual vet tomorrow from work to see if I can take her in for more sub-q fluids after I drop the bunnies off. Going to be a super busy day tomorrow too...Time for bed!!

(And Two, it's Operation Wildlife. Not sure how long they've been going, but I think it's been quite a while, so maybe!)
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It's the same place, I belive. I was thinking it was outside Olethe, but the outside of there and Shawnee blend together. And I was young enough to not be concerned with specifically what town I was technically in.
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Please tell me that you got pictures of the bunnies! Also, I need updated pics of Pancake. Yep. This is a need, not a want.
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I go away for the weekend and all this craziness happens! I'm so glad you guys found a good emergency vet. Pancake seems like such a sweetheart; I'm glad she's going to get to be with you now. She's a lucky girl. Hopefully another round of fluids does the trick.

And I agree! Bunny pictures before they go off to rehab!
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I have one picture of one of the bunnies I'll post later - the other was one directly attacked by the dog & it's already gone from shock. The other was unharmed & seemed in good shape, so hoping it'll still be going when I get home from work today so I can take it over to OWL. Won't be getting any more pics though, it's not worth harassing the little one. Bunnies are the hardest common animal to rehab & are extremely susceptible to dying of shock, fright, etc.

Pancake took 3.5cc of Pedialyte & 2cc of Hills A/D this morning along with her meds. She seems to like the Pedialyte now & sucks it right down. She's still quite dehydrated though, and very miserable. I promise lots of pictures once she's feeling better!!
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