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Old 04-10-2018, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hedgehog Foaming at the Mouth, but Not Self-Anointing. Not Eating

Hi, I noticed today that my hedgehog is foaming at the mouth, but not self-anointing.

The day before yesterday, he seemed very unsettled during the day -- which isn't like him. He's usually sleeping throughout the day and doesn't get up until pretty much after we go to bed. He ate some food while he was up then, but we noticed he didn't seem to eat anything overnight (which definitely isn't like him - he likes his food).

Yesterday, he was much calmer and seemed to sleep as usual, but still didn't seem to eat last night.

Today, we changed his bedding and he was fine with eating his mealworms, but had no interest in his food. He didn't even look at it. But he was moving around as usual and was quite alert, and is now back to sleeping.

I'm not sure if he's just needing a change in food (he's been eating this brand/flavor for about 2 years), or if there's something bigger we need to be concerned about. When we first got him, we took him to the vet that "specialized" in exotic pets and say they saw hedgehogs, but it sounded like basically unless he's dying, there wasn't much they could do or look for, so I'm a bit hesitant to visit another one, especially since he's not a fan of car rides.

Also, my husband clipped his nails the day before he was so unsettled, so while I don't think he clipped them too short, it's possible. So the hedgie may be nursing that? My husband is always the one who clips them, so it wasn't his first time, but our hedgie does squirm a lot during it, which is why I wouldn't rule it out.

Would that be a reason for him to be agitated the next day and not be interested in eating food (although still eating mealworms)?

Thanks for any advice you can offer!
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Old 04-10-2018, 07:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Anytime a hedgehog goes off their food it's time to make a vet appointment. Hedgehogs are very good at hiding illness or injury and often the first sign is change in eating habits. You need to start syringe feeding him right away, fatty liver disease can start in as little as 24 hours of little or no food.
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