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Old 09-20-2018, 07:35 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm glad the vet trip was successful, and they were able to do all tests and find out the problem. Even where I live, I can't get blood test done for my hedgehog, no company here does them ><

They can develop fatty liver disease very quickly if they stop eating, as quick as 24 hours without any or little food. She might have stopped eating if she tried to hibernate when the temp dropped to 20C this is below the safest temp they need to be kept at (I don't let my boys cage temp drop below 23.5C). Do you have a heat set up? Are you able to buy ceramic heat emitters where you live? These are the recommended heaters to use (or a room space heater if not). If you do use one, ey need to be used wo a thermostat (one you buy for reptile set ups). Also use a thermometer in her cage, reptile ones are recommended and can be cheap. hedgehogs require the air to be heated around them (not just the ground so heat maps are not recommended or safe to use).

She may also have a mouth issue, did the vet check inside her mouth. This may be another reason why she stopped eating/is refusing to eat.

Keep us posted on her recovery ♡
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:41 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I admit I don't use a heater for the cage. I'm a bit afraid to because the cage has aspen for the bedding and also a blanket and is not 24/24 h supervised and I had a very nasty experience with one heater in the past, the aspen can easily get on fire if the heater doesn't work properly or gets damaged, so I prefer not to. Right now is really warm everywhere, both in the room and in the cage, I also put twice a day some hot water covered bottles for extra heat.
The vet said that the problem is strictly related to her increased weight-500g (although I know pygmy hedgehogs with the same weight and they have no trouble) and this happened due to the wrong diet, which again I don't agree because is a complex cat food, that was recommended to me by a pygmy hedgehog experienced breeder. My hedgehog never ate eggs or boiled meat or other aliments because she didn't like them so I didn't force her.
But, whatever, maybe her organism was not really compatible with the food I provided her.
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