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Old 10-11-2013, 11:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Hobbling Hedgie

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So I mentioned in a post earlier today that I took my hedgie to the vet several times about a little over a month ago. She was holding her front left paw against her chest and hobbling around. Overall, they did 2 x-rays, had her on antibiotics and pain meds, checked her over the course of several weeks and everything seems ok. Yet a month and a half later, she is still not using her leg. She just hobbles around. I check it and it looks completely normal, it even has full range of motion. She doesn't mind when I touch it or move it yet she still won't use it.

I just don't know what else to do about this. She is eating and behaving just fine other than not using her leg. Any advice? ):
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How old is she? Could it be wobbly hedgehog syndrome? Sorry I do not know much about it.
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She is a little over a year old. It's just that one leg so I have no idea what is doing on. ):
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It doesn't sound like WHS. WHS usually starts with the back legs and progresses very slowly. They usually drag the affected leg and don't usually hold them up.
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Are her nails alright? It could be toenail related. Or, I was thinking you could get a hand lens or a magnifying glass of some sort and try to look at the bottom of her foot. Maybe it has to do with the pad? I hope you can figure it out soon.
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Her toenails are clipped and they look ok. I've checked her as well as the vet fairly thoroughly (she was at the vet's 3 times). As far as I can tell, everything looks completely ok which is why I'm so stumped! ): It makes me so sad seeing her hobble around and there's nothing I can do about it.
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Just an update.

I have been playing with her regularly over the past week or so and I've noticed that her leg no longer has full extension. What I mean by that is, the joint where the paw and the leg meet won't fully extend like it did before. Maybe it's from lack of use? Also when I pick her up and she flails, that leg just shakes rapidly.

Still been researching what it is but neither I nor the vets can figure it out.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Though it is sad that she doesn't have 4 fully functioning legs, I think if she seems perfectly happy running, eating, etc. with only 3, and the problem doesn't seem to be progressing to other legs/parts of her body, then you really shouldn't be worried! I've seen so many tripod dogs, cats, etc. that seem completely normal, and I don't see why this can't apply to all four-legged creatures
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Does your hedgehog hold her/his paw only when still or also when walking?

Could it be arthritis or something of that kind?

I wish the best for your baby.
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I did a quick research on the web and hedgehogs can develop arthritis:

http://www.lakehowellanimalclinic.co.../hedgehog.html - last paragraph

You should ask for blood tests to see if there's anything wrong there.
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