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Old 07-24-2015, 12:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone. Sorry if this isn't the correct place to be posting this but I really need some help. My hedgehog (Fifa) has a Silent Spinner Wheel. I got this specifically so she couldn't get her little feet stuck in anything. I was on vacation and my parents were watching her. My mom knows her routine and knows when she is awake. One morning she didn't hear her so she went to check and her foot was caught in the wheel! The wheel was laying down on it's back and she was flipped over the edge of the wheel. From the picture my mom sent it almost looked as if she was a bat hanging from a cave? Sorry if that's a bad analogy, I don't know how else to describe it. It was very apparent that she struggled to free her foot. My mom said she was obviously very upset and I told her to remove the wheel so she couldn't do more harm. This was approximately 3 days ago.

I've just gotten home tonight and finally had the chance to look at her. She does not seem to be grumpy, her attitude seems normal. She walks with a slight limp sometimes. Nothing looks broken or swollen. Should I keep an eye on her and if there is no progress take her to a vet? I'm thinking it could be a muscle strain or something similar so I'm afraid to put her wheel back in and have her not heal properly. Has anyone experienced this before? Thanks in advance for your responses!
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I haven't experienced this before, but after doing research, I have a few suggestions.
1. Google diagnosis for broken or fractured hedgehog bones and twisted limbs.
2. Buy a new wheel, silent spinners are not recommended for hedgehogs for that exact reason, I suggest a Carolina Storm, some type of bucket wheel, or a comfort wheel (though comfort wheels are noisy)
3. Don't make her take baths or clip nails until her foot looks better until absolutely necessary. You don't want to add unneeded stress.
4. Take out her wheel for a little bit, and see if her foot gets better without all that running, but make sure she still gets plenty of exercise.
5. If problems persist, take her to a vet. Make sure to keep a watchful eye!
Hope this helped!
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Please don't try to diagnose a fracture using google. I would take her in to have it checked. It's already been 3 days and she's still limping. Look at it this way, if you had a child that got hurt and was still limping 3 days later you would take them to the doctor to be checked. If it is fractured then the longer you wait the more complications you may have to deal with. Remember hedgehogs hide injuries very well and she could be in a lot of pain and not show it.
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Head to the vet, don't wait. That sounds like it was a very painful situation, and hedgehogs are very good at hiding injuries. If she's limping occasionally, there's almost definitely something wrong and she needs to be checked out and get pain medication. You can also ask the vet how long she should be without a wheel, if you should wait even after getting a new one to put it in. However, for the time she doesn't have a wheel, make sure she's not taking frustrations out by climbing the cage, since she can do worse injury to herself that way.

And as suggested already, toss that wheel in the trash immediately. Unfortunately, Silent Spinners aren't safe, as you found out the hard way. They initially look like they wouldn't be able to catch a foot, but there are small cracks in the wheel meant to let pee out. Those cracks catch nails and toes, like on your hedgie. This isn't the first time a hedgehog has been injured by a Silent Spinner. If you need a safe commercially-sold wheel found in pet stores, go for a giant Comfort Wheel. However, if you want a good quality wheel that's quiet, easy to clean, and 100% safe, go for a cake cover or bucket wheel. LarryT's Carolina Storm Wheels are very popular, and he ships quickly.
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Thank you, Lilysmommy and nikki! I'm used to having dogs so my advice on hogs probably wasn't the greatest. This has been a learning experience for me, too! Thank you ^-^
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:09 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you everyone! I called exotic vets in my area and she has an appointment tomorrow morning. I will be getting her a new wheel ASAP! Thanks again (: I really appreciate it
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