Hedgehog Central banner
1 - 3 of 3 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
261 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So, Igor turned 3 this December, and unfortunately things didn't go as plan.

He developed gastro probelms two months prior, and I started giving him probiotics, changed his food, treats and insects. By this time, I was saving money for a vet visit since nothing seemed to help.

About a week before the 16th, he started squeaking in pain whenever he ate something hard. Like dubias or his hard treats.

On the 15th, I took him to the vet. This is a different vet from the previous ones I had, and she was so much more informed and educated about hedgehogs. She even owned two herself that lived up to 9 years. So I trust her.

When she felt him over, she discovered a mass on the right side of his throat, likely pressing on his esophagus, hurting him when he swallows. Unfortunately, he was also very underweight and ill. She did a fecal test and it came back without any issues. She gave some broad spectrum antibiotics and new cat food to try and get him fatter.

She couldn't look deeper into the mass due to his condition not being fit enough.
She told me, if I don't see a difference in 5 days, I should call and tell her. I didn't see a difference in his stool. I called, and went back on the 24th. She then kept him for a few hours and did a sonar scan.

This revealed an extremely shrunken liver. About ⅓ is left from its original size. This was much more serious than gastro probelms. She gave me vitamins to try and supplement the liver to give it a boost to regenerate. Also told me to continue with the antibiotics for another 8 days.

I did and went back at the 3rd. She then felt him over again, and felt another mass in his abdominal area. She did another sonar scan and found his right kidney to be enlarged by 3 cms. The enlargement was caused by cancer masses.

He's currently still on the vitamins and now on a stomach acid medication to try and prevent his stomach and intestinal lining from taking more damage.

He's currently not in pain, just uncomfortable. He still eats his food and bugs like a champ, runs on his wheel, drinks his water, and urinates. It's just his feces that's sloppy and green. Also his incapability to eat hard food.

Although, it's obvious that the cancer is terminal. In a normal dog and cat, you'd remove the kidney, but due to me living in a small city, I'd have to see a specialist regarding the operation. Unfortunately, this will cost way beyond what I possibly can afford.

And even if I am to remove the kidney, he'd still have a shrunken liver and stripped intestinal lining. I'll be going back to her in 2 - 3 weeks time, to do another scan and see if it's getting drastically worse. If it does, I'll have to decide on a date to put him to sleep. The last thing I want is for him to suffer.

But for now, he seems vigorous and active. Hungry and loving. So for now, there's still a grain hope, even if it's almost nonexistent. I'll keep my fingers crossed and hands in prayers. He's all I have, and I love him more than anything in the world.

I cried in the vet office, I cried in the car, I got home and felt emotionally numb. I'm spending as much time with him as possible, and giving him love and food. All the food he wants and loves. Currently, it feels like I'm emotionally shutting off and in denial of the whole situation. It's like the gravity isn't hitting me yet.

When I think of leaving the vet office without him, it makes me sick to the stomach, and gives me loads of anxiety, so in my mind, it's better to not think about it yet, but keep it in the back of my mind.

I never expected this to happen. Yes it was always a fear and a possibility, but never an actual reality. I took every step to take care of him to the best of my abilities. I tried my very best, and it still came out fruitless.

Yes, the vet told me, it's genetics. He's an albino, and unfortunately, they are born with a disadvantage in life. But gosh, I really prayed it would not hit Igor. Atleast not this soon.

Anyway, sorry for the ongoing babble. I just really needed to get this all out somewhere, and I thought, where else better than on a site for hedgehogs?

Thank you for reading. Please, have a good day further. ❤
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
261 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Good Day, he isn't showing any signs of suffering. He's eating his food, running on his wheel, taking his meds, doing everything a normal hedgehog does. But as we all know, they're great at hiding things, so it's uncertain how much he's going through.
 
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
Top