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Old 01-12-2014, 03:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Is there anything I should know before talking to the vet or any meds I should stay clear of?
Don't allow injections of Ivermectin. It's used to control mites, but is really easy to overdose in hedgehogs, and can have fatal side-effects. A safer option for mites is topical Revolution.

Good luck!
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:16 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I am no0t sure on the med stuff since I am new to hedgies as well, and I am actually for the first time treating my girl for a URI now.

I'd watch how they handle her, is the vet gentle and paitent and knowelgeable about their general care. Stuff like that. If you see them being rough I'd get out fast. Also ask if they seem them often
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:42 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Quick update:

We went to the vet last night, the doctor was amazing and so was our little guy!
She put him on revolution for the mites and enrofloxacin for the skin infection that the mites caused. She was able to examine him pretty good with a little foot bath but when she explored under his belly she felt 3 lumps, 2 we knew what they were but the other one she wanted to take a better look.
This little guy, I've only had for 3 weeks now. He is starting to warm up but still hissing, pops, clicks and rolls up really tight and becomes anxious super easy. So she asked me if it was ok to anesthetize him and I thought I'd rather him get a complete checkup since I don't know much about his history.
Well it turns out the third "lump" was simply that our little boy had to go... lol
She also checked his ears, mouth, teeth, feet and legs and did a minor nail trim.
She also said, and this is the only part I'm not so sure about, that I need to restrict his food a little. She said he has yellow buildup under his skin which she said is fat. But when I look at thim from above, he seems "svelt" like he could be a little rounder. We'll see about that... I'll just buy a lower fat cat food to add to his mixture.

Anyways just to let anyone know, reading this post:

even if you don't see your little spikey friend scratching or losing many quills and don't see mites and isn't in contact with wood, if he has scabs or bleeding quills and is rather new, it could be mites, go see a vet!

Thanks all for you help and support
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Glad to hear he is doing well!

I wouldn't worry to much about restricting his food too much but you can add a lower fat cat food if you like.
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That's what I did, just came back from Petsmart and bought some Blue Buffalo weight control with 28% protein, 9% fat and 8,5% fiber. I'll mix it in his food mixture to about on third, maybe a little less. I like that it's high in fiber, loaded with yummy fruits.

I hope your little girl is doing better
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She is recovering really well thanks for asking!
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She is recovering really well thanks for asking!
I'm happy to hear that!
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