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Old 08-04-2013, 09:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Good evening everyone, it has been ages since I've been on. My apologies.

Our little hedgehog Hitch is turning 5 this year and just wanted to have an opinion about something. I've noticed that Hitch seems to have a hip aplasia or something. He does not seem to be able to hold himself up very long but he does run up a storm most nights due to his filthy wheel. When observing him in his pen, he tends to woddles along fine but he is not running in straight lines as he once did. I am just wondering if hedgehogs are prone to that and what should I watch for?

He does seem to be eating his usual quantities.

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Old 08-04-2013, 09:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Now take my comment with a grain of salt as I'm no expert on the subject. I haven't heard anything about hedgehogs with hip dysplasia- however (someone with more experience please correct me if I'm wrong) I'm wondering if this could be the start of WHS albeit fairly late in his life. Maybe he's just getting old?
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It might be awkward walking due to arthritis? It does sound good that he's still active on his wheel...but I wonder if a vet visit to check for any serious issues might be a good idea, and you could ask the vet about signs of pain & any possibility of low doses of pain relief, in case it is just arthritis. It might give him a bit of relief, at least, and make him more comfortable in his old age. I know that a few people recommend giving glucosamine to older hogs to help with joints & such. I started doing that with Lily - I read on here that human glucosamine would probably work, but my vet recommended I get the cat glucosamine you can find in the pet store. That worked out great - it came in little capsules that I could pull apart and dump the powder out onto Lily's food. I did a good-sized pinch, about 1/4-1/2 a capsule probably, each night on her food. I'm not sure if it'd offer a lot of relief, but it might help a bit.

Hopefully some others with older hogs will be able to give more advice. I didn't get much experience since Lily was only 3.5 when she passed. I'm glad Hitch is still doing okay otherwise though!
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Good to have you back and to get an update on Hitch. Are you still living in the remote place you were?

Arthritis is my thought too. Lilysmommy has said what I would have so no point in repeating.
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Thanks for the replies.

I am still living out in the figurative middle of nowhere. I don't honestly have easy access to a vet (But, I will do anything humanly possible to get Hitch to a vet if it was absolutely necessary) but I just thought I would ask the question. I don't think he is really in any pain right now but I will try adding glucosamine to his diet. I will probably be close to a pet store in the next few weeks.

I will setup his IR camera one night this week to have a good look to see how he is running.

Totally on a side note, I recently had a local artist paint a painting of our little Hitch. She did an absolutely wonderful job!

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Thanks for the replies.

I am still living out in the figurative middle of nowhere. I don't honestly have easy access to a vet (But, I will do anything humanly possible to get Hitch to a vet if it was absolutely necessary) but I just thought I would ask the question. I don't think he is really in any pain right now but I will try adding glucosamine to his diet. I will probably be close to a pet store in the next few weeks.

I will setup his IR camera one night this week to have a good look to see how he is running.

Totally on a side note, I recently had a local artist paint a painting of our little Hitch. She did an absolutely wonderful job!

Thanks again,
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Well that's just cruel! You can't tell us about a painting and not show us! *wink wink*
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Just a little bit of the painting.. I'd like to keep the whole thing more personal

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7tA...it?usp=sharing

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Your painting is wonderful. Great job.
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Fantastic work! Such talent!
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Your painting is wonderful. Great job.
Thanks Nancy. The artists mentioned she dreamed of quills for days after..
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