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I recently decided to put in a litter box in Bacon's cage hoping that it would keep his cage cleaner.
I bought Aspen pellets since I read on the forum that Aspen is ok for hedgies
and the person at the petstore recommended it also.
The first day I put it in Bacon had lots of fun burrowing in it and totally terrorized his cage.lol
It also looked like he chewed on a lot of them.
I was worried that it might hurt his tummy, but he was fine for 2 days
and he stopped chewing on them.
However, last night I noticed he had a reduced appetite and didn't attack his kibbles like he usually does.
This morning when I checked on him I saw that he had thrown up about 4 times..
The throw up was a peachy yellowish color, not the color of his kibbles.
He barely ate his breakfast this morning..
Would chewing on aspen pellets cause this?
That's the only single thing that has changed..
Should I remove the pellets and switch to something else?
There's nothing in the pellets that would poison him, right?
The brand I bought is "Green Pet Aspen Supreme Pellets Pet & Bird All Natural Litter/Bedding"
 

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Remove the aspen immediately and put him on a white liner. Watch for any poop output and if it is decreased in size, or none at all, get him to the vet. He may have a blockage. Blockages often cause vomiting as they get backed up and nothing can move out. If this is a blockage, it is serious and life threatening so he needs to see a vet immediately.
 

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As soon as I saw Nancy's post I took Bacon to the emergency vet..
They didn't have much experience with hedgies but they gave him some fluids and he perked up a little..
The next morning I took him to the regular vet and he got xrays and all sorts of tests.
The good news is that they didn't find any blockage..
They gave me a liquid medicine to prevent stomach ulcers and said hopefully he'd be fine in one or two days.
I've been feeding him his medicine and trying to feed him some food.
He absolutely refuses to eat his kibbles but he'll eat a little bit of eggs..
He won't drink any water though, and it's worrying me a lot.
I tried to syringe feed him, but he was very uncooperative.. which was weird since he is cooperative when I syringe feed him his medicine.
Is there any way I can tempt him to drink some water?
Maybe mix a little sugar into it or something? Would that be bad for him?
I am so worried.. He only eats when I feed him personally, won't drink, and just sleeps all day and won't run on his wheel or anything.
If he doesn't start drinking by tomorrow I'll probably take him to the vet for another fluid treatment but those are expensive and I need to know if there are other alternatives.
 

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I have heard that pedialyte is not safe to give if there is a GI issue. I'm not sure if this is accurate or not but I wouldn't risk it unless it is confirmed safe by a vet.

A wee bit of sugar in the water will encourage drinking. When syringing food, do you make it slightly warm? What is the temperature. Sometimes they need more warmth when sick but of course don't want to roast him.

Try giving him some Royal Canin Baby Cat in his bed area. Count the kibble you give. It is a small, high in fat, easy to eat food that most hedgehogs can't resist.

Is he pooping? After being subq'd he should have had a big pee.
 

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Bacon has pooped very little.. Yesterday he had two tiny poops about half the size of my pinkie nail when it's cut short.
He did pee a lot on Saturday and Sunday but he peed in weird spots like he couldn't control it or didn't have the energy to go walk to his usual pee spot.
He has not peed or pooped today.
I tried giving him sugar water but he took two sips and wouldn't touch it.
He's barely opening his eyes and when he walks he doesn't wobble but he walks really slow and he is just so weak...
I don't know what to do any more..
He had about 1/5th of a hard boiled egg yolk this morning
and sipped a little bit of beef broth that I made..
I'm going to go buy some of the Ensure shakes and the Baby Cat kibbles and see how he likes that.. He used to LOVE turkey, but I can't really bake a whole turkey for him, and I don't want to feed him the crappy turkey lunch meat slices..
The vet said he should be better in a day or two and it's been 3 days now. I'm so scared for him.
 

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Have you tried syringing Hill's A/D or Medical Recovery wet cat/dog food? You can buy it in small cans at any veterinary office. Mine have taken that before when they weren't eating. Plus since wet food is 80% water, you will also hydrate at the same time. Warm baby food might do the trick as well.

It sounds like you need to go back to the vet and get a fluid treatment or if possible IV fluids. I know it's pricey but it doesn't sound like your little one is going to hang on much longer without it. Not sure if they would give him this kind of medication with his current state, but medication is also availible to stimulate appetities, I would inquire about this too.

Good luck, I hope your little one hangs in there.
 

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Im not an expert at all but is it possible it is the food you were feeding him? Does he look bloated or anything? When egon was not eating I rubbed some of the food on his mouth a bit and when he balled up I kept it on top of him. He eventually ate it and started his eating routine again. Like I said, I don't know much about these little guys. Your best bet if to find a vet in the area that specializes in exotics. If you don't know of any ask your local vet for a recommendation ...honestly seems like he has some blockage to me.
 

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I took Bacon to the vet.. They did x-rays on him again and they showed that he had a lot of gas inside his intestines indicating a blockage..
I guess he wasn't as bad the first time I took him in and they weren't able to see anything..
He's staying in the hospital overnight and he's getting surgery in the morning...
The doctor said that if Bacon's intestine's rupture during the night he won't be able to make it.. Even if he does he might be too weak to go through surgery...
I am trying to keep my thoughts positive..
Bacon was a total workout freak so I know he has a strong healthy little body
and I know he can make it through the night.. Or at least he's going to give it his best..
I love him so much..
Please keep him in your thoughts and send him some good energy..
 
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