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Old 04-18-2014, 12:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a new hedgehog owner. I trimmed my hedgie's toenails gor the first time tonight and was wondering if it's possible to squeeze their feet too hard while clipping? He was very squirmy so he was twisting and pulling also. If he was injured ever while I was holding his legs/feet to trim I assume he'd squeal or make a noise indicating he's in pain right? I just don't want to hurt him!!
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ok so my concern is this. I was holding his foot last night to trim his nails and felt his bones in his foot move under my fingers. It didn't feel like they snapped at all and he didn't make any noise. He was running arounf afterwards fine. I worried myself all night that maybe I hurt him. I checked his cage this morning and he had been on his wheel (poop on it so he used it). My paranoia is getting the best of me. I won't be able to check on him until I wake him up this evening. Would he have made noise if I hurt him? Or would he have been running arounf or used his wheel if I had? Am I worrying for nothing?
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Old 04-18-2014, 12:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They are tiny little bones in the foot to be sure. I seriously doubt that you hurt him. Just keep an eyeball on his activity level and whether he favours his other foot more. I think you are fine though
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Old 04-18-2014, 01:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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He's fine. If you had broken a foot right then and there he would have let you know it.
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Thanks - being a new owner I'm just overly paranoid, haha. I thought asking and getting some reassurance would make me feel better and it did!
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Don't worry, I had the same fear when I first started trimming Rosie's nails. It does require a pretty firm hold!
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If you squeeze your own hands and feet, you can feel the bones moving under your skin. I've just assumed that it's the same for hedgehogs. If he was hurt, he probably would've bitten you or something, and definitely wouldn't run on his wheel afterwards.
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Old 07-23-2014, 05:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You want a firm grip- just try not to pull or twist the leg.
If he is walking normally he is likely okay.
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