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Old 08-28-2016, 10:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,
My little love Oliver hasn't been eating the last three days, and his water intake is very limited, but his activity remains mostly normal. I believe it's because of dental issues: I checked his mouth (can't get him to stay uncurled long enough to snap a picture), and on the lower left side of his jaw, there are teeth missing and his gumline appears blue-gray. I have a vet appointment scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, but in the interim, I was wondering if anybody has ever dealt with something like this? Is a lack of eating common when there are dental issues? How many days can a hedgehog go without sustenance? Is it likely just a dental issue? How much does it typically cost to have a hedgehog put under anesthesia to have teeth taken care of? I've been worrying myself completely sick over this for the last several days and don't know what to do for him.
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Old 08-28-2016, 01:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have hedgehogs with no teeth, or damaged teeth. Try softening his food in warm water, so that it becomes a soft mush, that way it wont hurt to eat it.
Not eating is a poor sign, offer him some of his preferred brands ofbaby foods.
Unfortunately I cant advice on the cost of anesthetic as it does vary from vet to vet and visit to visit (and also where you are from will effect costs)
The discoloration could be bruising, or a more serious sign of infection, or blood flow issues.
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They can get very sick if they don't eat, you should syringe feeding immediately.
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