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Old 12-20-2013, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My Hedgehog Bentley, who normally has a huge appetite, is leaving his cat pellets uneaten. I am very worried because I think he might be experiencing some dental problems which makes chewing harder. How can I assist him? There are no vets in my area that specialise in hedgehogs...so what do I do?
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Old 12-20-2013, 01:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sadly you will really need to find one that is willing to look at him. If this is caused by an abscess or a loose tooth he could be in quite a bit of pain and both need a professional to treat them. If he is in pain, he won't eat at all, and will likely refuse to eat even if you try to syringe feed him.

To help him eat, soften his kibble. I'd start out by sprinkling just a little water to his normal kibble to see if it helps. It doesn't need to be soggy at first. Some of them like it with some crunch still. If that doesn't work, you can either try making it more soggy or using canned food to get his appetite up. If he hasn't eaten for more than a day, get some canned food, an oral feeding syringe, and syringe feed him. He needs food in his stomach.
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Old 12-20-2013, 01:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you I will try that, observe him and if needs be I will have to take him to the vet. Thank you!
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My hedgehog ate all the cat pellets that were softened. So I don't know if that is good or bad.
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Good that he's now eating. Very good.
But that does mean that kibble-hardness is why he wasn't before.

I have absolutely no experience in this, but it seems to me that logically that means he's having some sort of dental pain.

Any idea how old your hedgehog is? From the archives, it looks like sometimes older hedgehogs need softer food due to normal wear & tear on teeth over time. (Just to give you a more benign option when you're thinking of all the things that could be wrong!)

It could also be something more troublesome -- a broken tooth, a mouth injury, an oral ulcer -- that just needs a bit of time.

Or it could be something complicated and more traumatic -- oral tumour...

Or it could be something else entirely -- my info comes exclusively from being an obsessive reader of the past year of archives, but that's incomplete knowledge. Hopefully Kalandra or one of the other more experienced owners will come back to the thread.

You probably do need to find a vet to take a peek in order to find out what is going on. Even if no one near you specializes in them, maybe someone is willing to learn?

One of the tricks I've heard of for doing an oral exam is to entice your hedgehog to bite on a q-tip, letting you see his teeth. This won't work for internals, though -- I think vets do it by sedating the hedgehog to perform a full exam.
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Old 12-21-2013, 07:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My hedgehog is about 9 months. He seems happier than usual n i have not seen any thing wrong with his teeth. He has no problem eating mealworms though. I dont want him to be in any pain so I will continue to observe him in more detail. Thanks for the help. I hope it is not something serious.
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