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Old 03-01-2014, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help please! My daughter received a hedgie for Christmas from a friend. She will be 3 this month. Wed morning we woke up to blood in her pen. We called a vet and they said take her off the cat food that requardless of everything we read cat food is bad for them. So we switched her to Hedge hog food. She kept bleeding we could not figure out where it was coming from until that evening when she was covered in blood I rinsed her back end and looked, could not tell where it was coming from then as soon as I left the room my daughter starts screaming and I run back in to see her in a pool of bright red blood. like 3 or 4 tablespoons! I rinsed her and it was squirting from her vagina. Bright red blood By the time I could get her into the vet at 5 the next night She was unable to walk without staggering and falling over. she just laid on the table the vet looked her all over and flipped her over, normally she hates, but she just laid there letting him push all over her tummy. They could not getting any urine from her. They thought kidney stones put her on antiimflamation med and antibiotic. She has quit eating and drinking I have been syringe feeding her baby food, chicken and pedialite she did not urinate for about 24 hrs and it was still bloody, bright red,and finally had a bowel movement today almost 3 days after this all started. the Vet said kidney stones do not always show up on xrays and the only other diagnosis other than infection antibiotics would cure was grim. She still can hardly walk around and will not eat unless I force feed her through a syringe. My husband was injured at work and has not worked since July so money is very tight and I am not sure we can afford much more testing. Any advice would help so much I have been feeding her about every 4 hrs during day and twice at night.
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The vet needs to do a fine needle aspiration to pull urine directly from her bladder. If it's not from the bladder, it's a uterine issue. Unfortunately, that would require spaying, which tends to run $300-500 if I remember correctly.
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It could be a urinary tract infection, uterine infection or tumour, or stones. As Lilysmommy has mentioned, the only way to tell for certain if the blood is urinary or uterine is to draw urine directly from her bladder.

Antibiotics will treat a urinary infection. Stones cause bleeding but they also cause infection as the passing of the stone irritates the urinary tract. No, kidney stones don't always show up on xray. Our Kenya's didn't and we even found the stone she passed so we know it was there.

Antibiotic might temporarily cure a uterine infection, but usually antibiotics just mask the problem. If it's anything uterine, she will need to be spayed. With how weak she is and the amount of blood loss, surgery is more of aa risk.

At this point in time, probably the best thing you can do is keep syringe feeding and watering her, keep her warm and quiet, and hopefully it's something the antibiotics will work for and she will regain some strength.
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Old 03-02-2014, 12:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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if it is uterine will it be fatal if she is not spayed? I do not want her to suffer I am hoping it is a kidney stones and she passes them soon I will feed her with the syringe as long as needed I feel so bad she seems so weak I have read to wet their food, is that helpful? she loves meel worms but she will not eat them Pedialite has electrolites in it and meat baby food has protein I wondered about ensure, the drink, if it would help her? Thank you for the answers! I wish I could make her better over night!
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Yes you can feed ensure or boost, just not the chocolate flavoured ones.
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Today is the first day Fiona has eaten on her own!!! She is still very weak and falls over when she walks a short distance, there is still quite a bit of blood in her urine. But she does seem to be a bit stronger. slow and steady...... am hoping for the best!!!
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