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my baby is dying

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Dear memmbers of HHC,
My hedgie and I live in NYC for three years already and my lovely pet never attemped to hibernate despite the cold weather. However, three weeks ago, something scary started happening.
My family noiced that my hedgie stopped drinking, eating and running on her wheel. She is veeery warm to the touch. She lives next to the radiator, so it's warm in her cage. She also lives next to a window, so I never bothered to actually buy the lights since it's very bright during the day, and for the night, I move the cage to the bathroom, where it is super dark.
Now, I am force feeding her with baby food from a syringe and make her drink a lot as well; however, she is not getting better. She lost a ton of weight, she is very wobbly when she walks and sometimes she even falls on her side.
I don't think she is in pain because she is still very friendly.... but something has to be done since I can't let her die :((((
You are my last hope, guys. The two vets I went to just stated that there is nothing to be done and the best option for me is to put her down. I'm refusing.
Thank you so much for your help!!!!!!

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You need to start collecting some supplies as soon as possible -

A digital thermometer with a probe so you can tell what the exact temperature in her cage is. It should be somewhere 73-78* to start with - if it's not that high, get it that high. If it's already in that range, you're going to want to bump it a few degrees higher to see it if helps. Make sure the radiator isn't blowing directly towards her cage - a warm draft is no better than a cool draft since as soon as the air stops, it feels cooler. If you can't boost cage temperature with the radiator/house temp...

You'll need a CHE set up for the cage, to raise & keep the temperature steady. There's more information on CHE set ups here - http://www.hedgehogcentral.com/foru...-heating-your-hedgehog-s-cage-simplified.html Make sure you get a CHE bulb, not a colored heat bulb that also gives off light, and make sure you get a thermostat to control the bulb & keep the temperature steady.

Window light's not enough - especially right now, since days are getting shorter. Put a lamp near her cage and make sure she's getting 12-14 hours of light daily, around the same times. A timer (only about $5 at Walmart) can help with keeping that regular.

You said she's warm, so it MAY not be hibernation-related...but all of this stuff is important, and even if it's not the main problem, having light & heat steady and in the appropriate amounts will give her body one less thing to be concerned about if she's not feeling well.

How much are you feeding her each day? Definitely keep feeding her if she's still not eating on her own. At this point, it's a possibility that her wobbliness is still weakness due to not eating on her own & maybe still not enough food. Baby food is alright for short term syringe-feeding, but it might be a good idea to try some complete diets and see if it helps her gain weight & strength. Two that you can get from vets are Carnivore Care and Hills A/D. I would see if you can get one of those and see if she likes them. They're higher calorie, nutritious diets meant to be syringed to sick animals.

When she walks & falls over, does she ever walk in circles? Does she fall to the same side each time? Do any of her legs seem to not be working or does she just seem weak?

And lastly...do you remember if the vets did any kinds of tests and what they were? Or did they just do a physical examination?

I know that's a LOT of questions, but more information can help us narrow down what could be the problem. Wobbly walking & falling over can be caused by a lot of different things. But I agree with not giving up - it's totally possible that it's something that can be fixed still. Glad you're both hanging in there! :)
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