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Old 02-12-2014, 02:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone.

I recently found a tooth in my hedgehogs food dish this morning. (Feb 12/2014)
I don't know if this is a normal thing or a bad thing. It does not have any blood on it.
I'm not sure which tooth it is but I am going to check out my hedgies mouth. Chocolate is just shy of 3 years old.
If anyone could help me out I would really appreciate it.
If anyone knows of good vets in Ontario, Canada that would help me out a lot.


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Old 02-12-2014, 03:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think I've ever really found blood on a spit out tooth before, and I have quite a few of them. One hedgehog spit a couple of teeth out into my hand one night and both of them were clean.

Its not normal for them to lose teeth though. Have your vet check his mouth out. I had one spit teeth because of a tumor, one had weak roots (we felt due to being fed a bad diet by the prior owner), another had an abscessed tooth, etc. There are lots of possible causes. Having a vet thoroughly inspect your hedgehog's mouth to rule out the causes that can/should be treated is a wise idea.

Here is a link to some other images. All of the teeth in my images are basically as I found them. I didn't clean them at all: https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...-fell-out.html
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here's some reviews of vets in Ontario. Keep in mind that they can be outdated.
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I got him an appointment at a vet in London Ontario on Friday night. London North Animal Hospital. There is a vet there who specializes in hedgehogs. I looked in Chocolates mouth and he looks ok. This tooth looks like it's from the back but I'll know when I take him to the vet.
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Well I took Chocolate to the vet and he has a gum disease called Periodontitis. His gum line has come down from his bottom teeth and you can see the roots. There was no swelling or bleeding, the teeth are just very loose and he will have to get them pulled or lose them naturally. I was given a medicine for him to keep the pain down to a minimum, I've been softening his food and he seems to love that. . As for the estimate I was given it would be 200$ to 450$ deepening on how long they would need to operate on him. After the teeth are gone they still eat very well and there is no pain. They just need to eat softened food or wet canned food. Periodontitis happens with age and the only thing that can really be done is having the teeth removed or having them fall out on there own. I'm not worried. Hope this helps people with hedgehog tooth lose in the future.
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I'm sorry to hear the diagnosis, but of possible causes at least it isn't a cancerous tumor. Hedgehogs can live a nice life without teeth, it just requires a little extra thought and sometimes planning on our part to ensure they have soft foods.

My current toothless kid eats the same diet she ate before. We just add water to her kibble, and puree any foods that may require chewing. Insects also become problematic. Gumming a bug doesn't work very well, even soft bodied ones like waxies. However, something I found a while back, is that my gal can eat mealworm pupae. She will spit out skins if the pupae are older, but "fresh/young" pupae that are still fairly white are easy to eat.
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That is wonderful to hear! Thank you very much
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