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Chubby has dark green poop and we did a full check up for her which includes x-ray, blood test, fecal analysis etc.

Her poop:

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First they said she has worms in her poop, so they give me multivitamins, antibiotics and dewormer. 5 days of dewormer and the poop is worm free.
The blood test shows that she has a tad low of red blood and white blood cell. The liver look enlarged and fatty in the x-ray.

So the vet ask me to change her food, I give her royal canin fit 32 before, and he ask me to change into blackwood cat food for indoor cat (chicken meal with brown rice recipe). Her weight is 720 g and he set a target of 650 g. To be honest, I think I already put her on a strict diet, and I don't have a heart to cut her food even more 🥺

So this is her x-ray:

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So the vet said she can lose a little more weight based on this x-ray. I'll try to cut her food slowly, and he gave me a liver supplement medication to be taken 2 times a day, 0.3 ml each time.

If anyone would like to share, what do you supplement into your hedgehog food? Mine is the blackwood kibbles + 2 drops of flaxseed oil + liver supplement + water to wet the food because she doesn't drink water that much so this is one way to keep her hydrated. I give her wet food daily about a pea size every morning and inject her medication in the food. Have you heard about liver diseases in hedgehogs? Care to share?
 

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In my opinion, 720 is considered an obese hedgehog. It may seem like you are hurting her by cutting her food, but she will be happier in the end! She will become more active, healthier, and probably live longer if you cut her food down and follow the doctor's orders. While she may be cute chubby, it is not good for her.
 

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Also make sure you SLOWLY transition to her new food to make sure that she doesn't get an upset tummy. I give my hedgie about 1 tablespoon of food a day
 

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In my opinion, 720 is considered an obese hedgehog. It may seem like you are hurting her by cutting her food, but she will be happier in the end! She will become more active, healthier, and probably live longer if you cut her food down and follow the doctor's orders. While she may be cute chubby, it is not good for her.
I cut her food down to 10 pieces of kibbles and 1 teaspoon of wet food for meds. And I did transition over a month time. She's active last night so I'm glad to see it.
 

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Fatty liver disease used to be extremely common in hedgehogs, and they do suffer from it quite quickly. We used to see it a lot because high fat diets were recommended, but we also see it if a hedgehog has been sick and stopped eating.

Instead of cutting food, some things to look at are the caloric content of the food you are feeding. Is there any room to reduce there while not cutting the amount she receives.

You can search around on here on how to help her lose weight, people have done many different things as there really is no one size fits all solution to what makes them lose weight.

I've had some where I had to change diets because one type of kibble caused that particular hedgehog to gain weight, while others were fine on it.

I've had some I had to split their meal times up across the day, they would sit and eat everything in sight, then sleep the night through and not exercise, but splitting it up so that they received breakfast and a supper, providing the exact same amount, resolved the problem.

I've had others where I had to encourage them to forage, hiding kibble throughout their cage to encourage movement. Others have hidden food in dig boxes.
 

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Fatty liver disease used to be extremely common in hedgehogs, and they do suffer from it quite quickly. We used to see it a lot because high fat diets were recommended, but we also see it if a hedgehog has been sick and stopped eating.

Instead of cutting food, some things to look at are the caloric content of the food you are feeding. Is there any room to reduce there while not cutting the amount she receives.

You can search around on here on how to help her lose weight, people have done many different things as there really is no one size fits all solution to what makes them lose weight.

I've had some where I had to change diets because one type of kibble caused that particular hedgehog to gain weight, while others were fine on it.

I've had some I had to split their meal times up across the day, they would sit and eat everything in sight, then sleep the night through and not exercise, but splitting it up so that they received breakfast and a supper, providing the exact same amount, resolved the problem.

I've had others where I had to encourage them to forage, hiding kibble throughout their cage to encourage movement. Others have hidden food in dig boxes.
Separate meals is a great idea! I'll try that instead.
 

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Yeah, cutting food slowly may work buy also make sure they are getting enough so they arent hungry :)
 
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