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Old 07-07-2017, 10:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I found my hedgie, Gus, asleep in her wheel in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday. She was acting normal otherwise, but the odd behavior sparked my interest. On Monday, I took her in to her vet and received a diagnosis of pneumonia and SMZ TMP antibiotics (0.15 mL twice a day). She had no interest in her regular kibble, so I started feeding her baby food (turkey and peas, Gerber stage 2) as well as a few meal worms as often as she would take it. She was still drinking water and was taking the medicine very well. On Friday morning, she fought to take her medicine and turned her nose up to any food that I tried to feed her. I called the vet immediately, and took her in later in the day. The vet gave her a nebulizer treatment, an injection of Baytril, and an additional prescription of amoxycillin (0.2 mL twice a day). We both agreed that treating this as aggressively as possible is the most important thing we can do. She came back from the nebulizer treatment quite exhausted, and on the way home started splatting (laying on her belly and supermanning her little legs as far out as she could). I assumed this was from being too warm, so I placed her in the bathtub when we got home (no water! It was simply the coolest surface for her to recover on). She continued to show no interest in food, but I needed her to eat something to help settle her stomach for the amoxycillin, so I syringe fed her some of her peas. She is resting now, but I am extremely concerned about the rate of degradation I am currently witnessing. If anyone has ANY advice for things that I should/could be doing to help her, please share! I have set up a humidifier since talking to her vet -- it's on a low setting in a room just behind her cage so as to not over-expose her to moisture and make it difficult for her to cool normally (per the vet's instructions). Thank you!
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Old 07-08-2017, 12:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ask the vet for some Hills A/D canned food to use for syringe feeding. It's very high in nutrition and will help keep her energy up. To keep her from losing weight and getting weak you need to feed her 20-24 mls of food a day.
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Old 07-08-2017, 12:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for your suggestion! Would that be any different to the cans carried at pet stores? I did a quick search and found this at petsmart: https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...FclKDQodU0kCYQ
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I honestly don't know, I've never seen it in a store before and your link won't work for me.
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Here Nikki the link worked for me here's a pic
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Thanks Pixel, it does look like the same food that my vet carries.
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Thank you both for your responses. She was much worse Saturday morning and showed signs of extreme distress that led me to packing her up and rushing to the vet prior to them opening. She didn't make it there. I am completely heartbroken. Her vet and I were vigilant, but I didn't see the signs of her being sick until it had progressed much further than we could manage.
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My condolences. So sorry for your loss.
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Oh, alyandgus, I am so sorry. My sincerest condolences.
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I'm sorry. That is a very hard thing to go through.
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