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Old 08-25-2013, 03:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Shoe Box!!!!

Please help! I was playing with my hedgehog and I tried the idea of her playing in the shoebox. The shoebox was completely empty, I checked. She went to go check it out and annointed with it 3 times. I thought it was okay because the box just smells like shoe. I feel really stupid now for thinking that. About 2 min. later she started to throw up. I was really scared. She threw up like 10 times. It was clear, then green, then clear again. After she stopped, she was back to her happy self. I noticed how her tail was half-way up when she was walking. At first I thought she was pooping, but nothing came out. Now she is just in her igloo with food and water. I'm going to check on her in 30 min. She did not drink or eat anything today as far as I know. I'm hoping she will throw up what ever was bugging her and drink some water. I'm really scared. I would love some advice on how to help her, or some ideas of what could be wrong. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would call the vet immediately instead of waiting for advice here. That sounds like a violent reaction to something.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Vomiting that many times is very serious. I would get her to the vet. She could easily get dehydrated.
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I don't know for sure if it was ten times, but it was a lot. I'm so scared, the vet is not open on Sunday!!!!
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They don't have an emergency line?
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The vet doesn't even care for hedgehogs... I couldn't even call them and get help. The vet we have only clips nails and does mites. Snickers seems to be doing better. I think that she got something to drink and eat. Her breathing was a little heavier than normal, but is normal again. I'm thinking she got the stuff out of her system, or most of it. She is sleeping now, and after she threw up she wouldn't sleep. It's an improvement! Tonight I will take her out and check on her. Snickers is tough, and I know she is doing the best she can. I have my fingers crossed. I'm praying for her!
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You need to find a vet that sees hedgehogs ASAP. It's not a matter of how "tough" she is, it's a matter of being responsible. Even if the vet you find isn't close by, find one that is familiar with hedgies and take her in for a well visit sometime so they're familiar with you and you can call if something like this happens again. If you had kids, you wouldn't say, "Oh man, my kid ate something and now he's violently ill, but our local doc isn't a pediatrician so I'll just let him work it out on his own." No, you'd find a doctor who could give your child the best care. Our pets deserve the same consideration. I hope she's ok and feels better soon.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I understand what you mean. I feel horrible. I will look for a vet. Trust me, I want the best for Snickers! I am not saying I don't care. I am having a terrible time with all of this... Please don't misunderstand me. I'm doing all I can. I am not yelling, my tone is really sad. I would not like to make this one of those threads where people are yelling at each other. Those make me upset. I have been crying a lot. I'm trying. Thanks for the help guys. It makes me feel good to know people care this much!
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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And I hope you didn't think I was yelling at you either! I know you want the best for her. Sometimes we need to be startled into action, and it sounds like this has done it for you.
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oh no...did a silica packet burst open in the shoe box? Those beads are so tiny and hard to spot sometimes. I hope that is not the case since they say "Do not eat" all over the packets that commonly come in shoe boxes to absorb moisture/humidity.
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