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Old 01-14-2015, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, we have a serious problem with our Hedgehog ... It started the summer when one day he was out of his cage and after a while he was covered in blood. He had eaten part of his tongue, which sounds pretty scary, We thought he would not survive. After half a month of antibiotics, painkillers and feeding syringes Hedgehog started drinking water and food alone, then he reached 320 grams. Miraculously, there was no sign of the problem with his tongue.
After four months one day , we could not wake him up - it was cold, huddled, and the room temperature was normal, it wasn’t cold for hibernation. After a warm shower and a warming Hedgehog was normal but we noticed that his missing tooth. We went to our vet after review decided that just broke it. A few days later we noticed that missing even one tooth, again went to the vet, after inspection it turned out that there is pus in the mouth - went on antibiotics, then reappeared pus, then again antibiotics started eat pretty well after the 10-day course of antibiotics, but unfortunately it turned out that instead of gaining weight he was losing it . Saturday he was 240 grams, and today is only 232 grams. Today again we found pus with blood in his mouth. We did X-rays and found that there abscess tooth and must be removed(maybe 3 of them). However, due to the few grams anesthesia is quite risky, twice we have drugged him up and anesthesia and it was very hard. Nevertheless, it is so vital ... our veterinarian recommended we go to vet dentist specialist clinic for small animals. Do some of you have such a situation with a hedgehog?
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Old 01-14-2015, 02:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There is nothing you can do with an abcessed tooth other than to pull it. I think it is a no brainer - you either get the teeth out or the poor guy will not make it because of infection. I am sorry you have to go through this and I hope it all turns out OK. My hedgehog Sola had an an abcess and she recovered just fine. I am sure his weight will go up after he is no longer in pain and fighting infection.
Best wishes, I urge you to act quickly. Where are you located?
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P.S. Just for future reference....any time there is a broken tooth it is best to just pull it immediately to prevent this from happening...

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Old 01-14-2015, 03:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tnx for the fast answer i am from Bulgaria. We will try our best.
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Old 01-14-2015, 04:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree that the only treatment is to pull the teeth that are abcessed. Just for future reference never put a cold hedgehog in water or get them wet. It can lead to them getting an upper respiratory infection. If he gets cold like that again just warm him up by putting him against your body and covering him up. You want to warm him up slowly.
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Wondering how he's doing? I work in a dental office and I can tell you in my 12 + years of being there (Not for human advice because hedgehogs don't usually get root canals) but in a hedgehogs case they're correct, removal of the tooth is the only option. Antibiotics will temporarily help. Usually with an abcessed tooth, it breaks near the gum line or the canal in the root is dying. The abcessed tooth needs to be extracted.
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