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Ok...so please dont flame me...I just need help...my son was giviing our hedgehog foot bath and I did not check the water temp....it was a bit to hot and it made his feet blister...and bleed a bit...what can I do for him now to help out....I cant find a vet that is open until Tuesday with the holiday in Canada...I wouldl ike to have some ideas on how I can make this as comfortable for him as possible.

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A lot of vets have an emergency phone number for after hour emergencies. Try calling around and see if they have an emergency number on the answering machines at the office. Or look for an emergency clinic. It's really important that your hedgie see a vet as soon as possible. Tuesday could be too late because by then a bad infection could set in, and would be a lot of suffering for him to go through.
 

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Yes, in which city are you located? If you're in TO, I can give you at least two emergency vet clinics you can take him to tonight. They're not hedgehog specialists, but they can provide the first aid your hedgehog needs tonight.

You really should take him to a vet ASAP. Please don't leave him in pain... :|
 

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Hey everyone...we just got back from the vet...I have a medication to give orally, and an ointment for the feet....thank you everyone for all your advise...

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ohhh that's great!! I'll be sending good thoughts for him

For others in the Red Deer area here is a list of vets there:

Alberta Veterinary Centre Ltd (Red Deer) - After Hours Call
Contact : (403) 347-1711
Address : 202 28042 Hwy 11
Red Deer, AB

Animal Emergency Services - 24 Hour Answering Service
Contact : (403) 347-3277
Address : Suite 3
7644 50 Ave
Red Deer, AB , T4P2A8

Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital - Mon & Wed Evening 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Contact : (403) 347-2676
Address : 7644 50 Ave
Red Deer, AB , T4P2A8

Central Animal Clinic Ltd - Serving Companion Animals
Contact : (403) 343-0606
Address : 2404 50 Ave
Red Deer, AB , T4R1M3

Deer Park Pet Hospital - Corner Of Allan St & 32 St
Contact : (403) 342-5200
Address : Suite 4
420 Allan St

East Hill Dog & Cat Hospital Ltd - Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm
Contact : (403) 343-7387
Address : Suite 420
3020 22 St
Red Deer, AB , T4R3J5

Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital Ltd - Dr Sheila Rangen
Contact : (403) 342-6040
Address : 3450 50 Ave
Red Deer, AB , T4N3Y4

Parkland Veterinary Hospital Ltd - 24 Hours Emergency Calls
Contact : (403) 343-7165
Address : Suite 17
7727 50 Ave

Red Deer Veterinary
Contact : (403) 347-2939
Address : 6823 52 Ave
Red Deer, AB , T4N4L2
 

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SunRayz said:
we just got back from the vet...I have a medication to give orally, and an ointment for the feet...
Oh, I'm so relieved to know that your hedgie has received the necessary emergency care. Thank you for letting us know, and best wishes for your hedgie's quick and full recovery. :)

Nikki, it's wonderful that you have the list so handy! I'm impressed there are at least two 24/7 emergency vet facilities plus one after-hour on call clinic in the Red Deer area! For the size of it, I think TO should have at least half a dozen emergency vet clinics. Yet, I've found only three 24/7 emergency vet clinics so far. I'm quite dismayed about this and envious of pet owners in other areas. Those in the Red Deer area seem to be in much better hands than us...*sigh*
 

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Thank you everyone for the warm wishes...I know that the next couple of days are very crucial, and we will be watching him around the clock until I know he is out of the woods....this was something I certainly did not want to experience as a new hedgehog owner, and I hope that he does not hold it against us for to long.

I will keep everyone updated,

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Well, that's one of the best things about pets. Most of them just don't know how to carry a grudge! :) I'm sure your little guy will be just as friendly and happy once his feet get all better. Glad you guys were able to get him to the vet and get medicine for him! :)
 

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Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to get the ointment on his feet...I got a bit on this evening, but not that much...he of course didnt want to come out of his ball, which is totally understandable.

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Give him a safe place to unball - maybe on your lap, hiding under a small towel or something. And then a bribe with a favorite treat... mealies? kibble? veggie baby food?
 

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I'm glad you were able to find a vet that could see him. I know how difficult that can be especially on a holiday weekend and if something is going to happen, you can bet it will happen on a holiday.

Did they give you pain meds for him? Getting the meds on his feet is probably going to be a challenge. Just sitting quietly with him and tell him that the ointment will make him feel better. Not sure they understand but sometimes it helps to talk.
 

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They gave me ointment for his feet, and a liquid pain med in syringes. I thought it would be hard to give him the pain meds, but he licked at the syringe and it all went in. I know that he didn't eat anything or drink that much. I am on my way to get some soft food, and maybe an energy drink..I am hoping that will help. I have not looked as his feet today, I figured I would leave him alone until I have to put some more ointment on, figured no point in bothering him more than once.
 

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Some hedgehogs like Boost or Ensure in vanilla or strawberry. Don't use chocolate. I also suggest you get a syringe so you can start to syringe feed him if he isn't eating enough. Walmart and pharmacies such has Shoppers Drug Mart have syringes they give with medicines for little kids. These syringes have an offset tip and they work great for hedgehogs.
 

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How to handle feet will depend on your hedgehog. If he is wiggly, you can try putting some ointment on your fingers and rubbing feet as he tries to wiggle away. You might try letting a foot flip through your fingers and thing holding (gently of coruse since he has burns) to rub them. Good luck. Treating hedgehogs can sometimes require some creativity.
 

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Kalandra said:
How to handle feet will depend on your hedgehog. If he is wiggly, you can try putting some ointment on your fingers and rubbing feet as he tries to wiggle away. You might try letting a foot flip through your fingers and thing holding (gently of coruse since he has burns) to rub them. Good luck. Treating hedgehogs can sometimes require some creativity.
Thanx for the tip Kalandra. I was able to get a bit on earlier today while I was feeding him via syringe. I would feed a bit, then grab a q-tip and put a bit on. I am going to try again this evening when my son gets home...having an extra hand will certainly help.

I will keep you all posted.

Carla
 
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