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Old 07-06-2016, 01:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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When I got Karn she was almost 8 weeks old. The breeder handed her to me along with a cage, wheel, and igloo. But she also gave me this shaker of this weird white powder. She told me it was a supplement of some sort, she never told me what. She told me to give her a literal pinch of it on her food everyday until she passes. Well I gave it to her everyday for a month and she was okay with that. So I forgot about it until just now, when I found it. She didn't act weirdly when I stopped giving her it and she seems in perfect health. So should I still give her the powder or should I just chunk it?
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Without knowing exactly what it is, it's really hard to say. If she's on a good diet she really shouldn't need any supplements at all. What does the label say that it is?
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Absolutely nothing. It's in a salt shaker.
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Old 07-06-2016, 06:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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as far as I was aware hedgehogs, if fed a balanced diet of a good quality cat food, insects, etc, hedgehogs didn't need supplements. Some people add oil to help with dry skin issues, and I know you can get prebiotics, that come in powders.

I would phone your breeder and ask to know what it is. Personally I wouldn't feel comfortable putting a random unknown substance on my hedgehogs food. it's easy to just 'trust' a breeders info, as you assume they know things you don't as they breed hedgehogs, but they don't always get it right, as information on hedgehogs is always changing.
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Old 07-06-2016, 07:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Personally I wouldn't feed it without knowing details about it. You don't know if it would do any good or harm.
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I've tried calling the breeder, and emailing her. But with no luck, she hasn't replied and it says the phone was disconnected.
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That right there is probably your answer. The breeder was probably the shady sort and I'd be loathe to trust their information if you can't even contact them.
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you said you stopped using it anyway for a time. And there was no difference in your hedgehog, therefore its probably not essential or even necessary. If you can't find out what it is from the breeder (who from your post doesn't seem the ideal person to give advice anyway) its not worth the risk.

my advice: Chuck it
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Turns out its calcium. Had to make a 3 hour trip to there house to figure it out.
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yikes. That's really concerning that the breeder is advocating to add calcium to the food every day. Calcium can be overdosed & can cause health issues. Any commercial food is going to already be balanced for calcium to suit the animal's needs, so adding more calcium to the food could very easily cause an overdose. It may be less of a possibility for babies and nursing mothers, who both have higher calcium needs than a typical adult animal (but not so high that they would need special food, usually), but giving it to a regular hedgehog every day for their lifespan could be a major issue.

Checked a couple of your previous posts, and I would definitely warn people away from this breeder. They sound like a backyard breeder of the worst kind. Out of curiosity & a little concern, what food are you feeding Karn? Is it what the breeder was feeding or have you switched to something good quality after reading the stickies on here? Just want to check since it sounds like a lot of the other info the breeder gave you was incorrect.
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