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Old 01-16-2016, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I posted yesterday about my hedgehog. On Friday he had a cool belly so I immediately warmed him up. I also noticed there was no poo in his cage and he hasn't been eating. His cage is the same temp as always. So I went out and got a CHE and set it up. He's still acting extremely lethargic and not eating. His belly is still a little cool but not like it was.

So today, he was still acting strange and ate no food. So I took him to the vet. They said he may have a URI (they didn't know) and wrote that he was anorexic for not eating? He's on clavamax for 14 days and I have to force feed him a water and powder mixture a few times daily.

Could this have all happened from a hibernation attempt?
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Old 01-16-2016, 09:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yep. URI's are pretty common after a hibernation attempt. I don't blame the poor little guy for not eating, he's probably not feeling good at all. But he's gotta eat if he wants to get better. Is that powder mixture meant to replace food until he's eating on his own? Make sure, because if it's a just a supplement, you'll need to syringe him actual food as well.
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Old 01-16-2016, 10:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What is the normal temperature in his cage? Is it the same temperature all over the cage or is there cold spots? Did you also get a thermostat to control the CHE or is it just on all the time? Sorry for all the questions but it can help make sure he doesn't try to hibernate again.
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Old 01-17-2016, 01:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The powder is meant to replace food completely til he can eat again. He actually likes it a lot and has no troubles when I give it to him (go figure, picky hedgehog). As far as the heating goes I used to keep my room at 73 degrees and he had a heating pad under part of his cage. Now I have the CHE controlled by a thermostat and it's warming his whole cage. No cold spots he's seeming a bit better after today's vet visit. They did give him a shot under the skin to hydrate him.
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