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Old 01-11-2020, 07:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My hedgehogs back legs started to drag within a week and when I woke up today he chewed his feet and toenails up. I took him to the vet to get all his medicine (antibiotics, pain reliever, etc) and then i bandaged his legs to keep him from biting them even more, but when he moves his legs they bend in odd ways. Should I be concerned in which way they bend just in case it damages them or no? The vet didn’t know what was wrong with him either. If any questions I will answer them about my hedgehog


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Old 01-12-2020, 01:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello, and I am sorry this is happening to your hedgehog. Sounds dreadful
You should definitely be taking your hedgehog to a different (hedgehog-experienced) vet because what you are describing is not normal. The self-mutilation could be from stress or even WHS....In dogs, I know that biting at feet is typically a sign of infection or irritation.
My only point is that when legs are bending at odd angles and a hedgehog is self-mutilating further testing should definitely be completed.

Good luck, and please update.
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Agreed with the top post. A different vet is definitely needed.
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Old 01-12-2020, 11:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Agreed
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I agree about taking him to another vet ASAP! Unfortunately you’ll probably have to find one that treats “exotics”. I’m so sorry this is happening to your little man and I hope you get it figured out and he get more comfortable soon.
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Old 01-16-2020, 06:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I just want to understand... the vet said he didn't know what was wrong with him, but prescribed antibiotics anyway?? That in itself is incredible.



If you can't find a local vet with hedgehog experience, check with the nearest veterinary school. They sometimes treat animals for little or no cost, and have a wealth of information to draw on. Good luck to you and your little companion.
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Agree with the above posts on the need for an exotics vet that has more experience with hedgehogs.


But I do respectfully disagree with the above quote about not giving antibiotics- if there are open wounds, especially created by biting, then an antibiotic is necessary to prevent infections even if they're covered.


I had a semi-similar situation where my hedgehog had been self-mutilating her front arm due to nerve damage from a tumor removal. After almost 3 months it's finally healed, but remains covered because she will still bite at it if it's uncovered. If you have any other questions, please feel free to PM me.
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