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04-20-2012 10:58 AM
Re: New Hedgehog Owner! He has bad diarrhea, NEED HELP

No I do not have a gram scale, I will look into buying one of those today.. As well as getting ahold of a vet near by that can see him for a check up to make sure he is doing fine, so let's hope all is good
04-20-2012 09:16 AM
Hillybean
Re: New Hedgehog Owner! He has bad diarrhea, NEED HELP

Also, keep in mind to slowly switch foods. A sudden stop of one formula/brand and right on to another can also cause more poo/stomach issues.

Even if you don't take your hedgie to the vet right away, you need to look up an exotic vet that treats hedgehogs and has hedgehog experience near you. There are many vets that say they will see a hedgehog, but honestly don't know a thing about them. It is also good to have a wellness check done before anything serious happens.

My vets have been a big help for me..

Do you have a gram scale? Using a gram scale routinely will help you to keep track of your hedgies weight, which can help in indicating if something is wrong with your hog.
04-20-2012 08:55 AM
shaelikestaquitos
Re: New Hedgehog Owner! He has bad diarrhea, NEED HELP

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Originally Posted by taiganlunt
Well by diarrhea I meant a soft/wet poop, not actual liquid diarrhea. I assume it's just the food, so I'm just going to keep an eye on him for the next few days and see if it gets better, and take him to the vet if it doesn't! Again, thanks for all of the help you have provided.

Another quick question, when should I start feeding him mealworms and crickets, and how often should they be fed? And what are some other good things for them to eat?!
Okay, sorry, I was confused because you called it a bad case of diarrhea on your thread title If it's looser stool, I suspect, like the others, that it's from how rich Wellness is.

As for the treats, I would suggest maybe starting to give him treats once his poop has firmed up a bit.
04-20-2012 02:09 AM
Re: New Hedgehog Owner! He has bad diarrhea, NEED HELP

Wonderful! I will have to look into maybe giving some of those a try to see if that helps with his soft poop situation he's got going on. If it doesn't end up clearing up within the next few days, and the vet says that's all that's causing it. Thanks again!
04-20-2012 01:41 AM
moxieberry
Re: New Hedgehog Owner! He has bad diarrhea, NEED HELP

Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul (adult light) is a popular choice, and I haven't heard of any instances of it being too rich. Pretty much, Wellness is the only one of the commonly used ones that I've heard that about, which is why I thought it could be related. Innova, Solid Gold Katz-n-Flocken, Natural Balance Green Pea and Duck are some other good ones off the top of my head. There's also Simply Nourish (Turkey and Oatmeal formula) which is a petsmart-only brand - it came out in the last few months, and I just started trying it with Archimedes (along with CS light, which he's been eating since we brought him home), so I can't really speak from more than a week of experience with it, but he seems to like it and his poop went back to normal after being soft for the first few days after it was introduced.
04-20-2012 01:08 AM
Re: New Hedgehog Owner! He has bad diarrhea, NEED HELP

Okay great! What are some good brands of cat food that you have all had success with?!
04-20-2012 12:47 AM
hanhan27
Re: New Hedgehog Owner! He has bad diarrhea, NEED HELP

My Milly didn't handle the Wellness Indoor Health very well at all... she regularly had very soft stools (mush instead of formed turds) until the day after I stopped feeding it. I have never heard anything about Blue Buffalo being too rich though, so you should be set with that. 2 of the 4 cat foods I have in Milly's food mix are Blue Buffalo and she's happy, healthy and has great looking poo.
04-19-2012 11:57 PM
moxieberry
Re: New Hedgehog Owner! He has bad diarrhea, NEED HELP

That's why I asked - actual liquidy diarrhea is a serious problem, whereas soft/squishy poop isn't as severe an issue and generally indicates an upset stomach. Soft/squishy is a common result of food changes. (My boy also gets this when I occasionally give him watermelon.) You might have transitioned too quickly to the two new foods, which could exacerbate it, but it sounds like it's being caused by his system adjusting to the new food. Also, like I mentioned earlier, Wellness food can be too rich for some hedgehogs. If his poop doesn't firm up in a few days (it should ideally be slightly moist, darkish brown "turds"), consider removing the Wellness to see if that makes a difference.

They can be introduced mealies and crickets at any time once they're eating solid food, but you should make sure this poop issue is solved before introducing any new food or treats. That would make it harder for his stomach to settle, and if it happens to be a certain good causing a problem, more foods would make it harder to figure that out.

They can also have unseasoned cooked meat and fruits/vegetables. Fruits tend to be sugary and are better for treats, whereas vegetables can be a daily part of the diet. There's a list on here of safe/unsafe produce. Grapes are toxic to them and anything citrus or acidic (including pineapple, tomato, pomegranate) shouldn't be given to them either. Keep in mind that some hedgehogs are very picky and will either only like one specific kind of fruit/veggie (which you'll have to figure out by trial and error) or won't like anything but kibble. The same goes for insects.
04-19-2012 11:20 PM
Immortalia
Re: New Hedgehog Owner! He has bad diarrhea, NEED HELP

No treats whatsoever until his tummy gets better.
04-19-2012 11:16 PM
Re: New Hedgehog Owner! He has bad diarrhea, NEED HELP

Well by diarrhea I meant a soft/wet poop, not actual liquid diarrhea. I assume it's just the food, so I'm just going to keep an eye on him for the next few days and see if it gets better, and take him to the vet if it doesn't! Again, thanks for all of the help you have provided.

Another quick question, when should I start feeding him mealworms and crickets, and how often should they be fed? And what are some other good things for them to eat?!
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