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Old 11-09-2019, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone! 2 days ago, my hedgie Nala was taken to the vet due to a mass inside of her cheek. There, they decided the best decision would be to use a small laser to remove it to have it sent for a biopsy. They put her under, and quickly removed t he WHOLE thing in about 30 minutes and took xrays. the xrays showed that whatever the growth was, it did not spread at all. I’m still waiting on the biopsy results though. Today is saturday, and she had the surgery thursday. Thursday evening, she ate 2 mealworms. since then, she has yet to eat. or poop. she is drinking water though! and when i walked into my room yesterday (friday) she was running on her wheel! I have thought about putting her in some warm water because that has always helped her poop before, maybe i just need to push things through. My vet is closed weekends so i was wondering if there is anything i can do in the meantime, or if this is normal behavior for a hedgie who went through a surgery, (stress/pain). she is on two medications, an antibiotic and anti inflammatory. She is picky as well, i’ve tried her normal food watered down, wet foods, carrots, and mealworms. she declines it all and that’s usually all she will go for. Thanks guys 🙂
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Just give her time. She might be in shock. If she does not eat maybe eye drop her some food into her mouth. Good Luck!
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If she hasn't eaten since Thursday, she needs to be syringe fed. If you don't have it, go get some pate style canned cat food. Add a little water to it to make it just mushy enough to easily go through the syringe.

It isn't uncommon for a sick hedgehog or one who has gone through surgery to stop eating, especially those that have a sore mouth. Sometimes just a quick feed will start their interest again and sometimes you have to supplement feed them for a while.

The problem with "Just give her time." is that hedgehogs can get fatty liver when they stop eating like this. Its best to start syringe feeding them sooner than later to reduce additional complications from not eating.
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Old 11-09-2019, 07:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you guys!! I think i figured out her issue. I have been feeding her canned food and carrots / meal worms and she likes all of them in MODERATION. the only thing she will consistently eat is her own dry kibble, 2 brands i mix and she’s eaten it forever. today, i offered her some because i was sick of nothing else working. and guess what?? she ate it. lol. so i honestly think, knowing her, that she’s being picky. I work at a vet clinic (unfortunately not one that sees hedgehogs) and took syringes with me in case she stops again. i appreciate the advice! &#x1f642;
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That sounds like a normal hedgehog reaction. Some really just don't like any change at all, and if she's willing to eat her normal food, that's great. Less stress on the GI while she's on antibiotics is always a good thing.
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