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Strange sore or growth

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Hello all I'm here to see if any other hedgie owners out they may know what this strange looking sore and or growth on my hedgehog may be and how it is treated. Regardless how what anyone may know about it I still plan on taking her to see a vet as it is of great concern to me. I've had her for about a month and never really noticed it before but from the look of it I think it may have been there for some time and got bigger? Also she unexpectedly gave birth to 3 hoglets (Upon my research I found this was a common case of many new owners since I guess no one can tell if a hedgehog is preganant?) about 5 days ago so I am also worried about separating her from the babies to take her to the vet, shoudl i take them all? I really want to take care of this but also do not want to babies to be in any danger from an upset moma.
If anyone can give me any info it would be very much aperciated, thank you!

Attached picture is the growth/sore located on her backside area within her quills.


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Well, quite honestly, there is absolutely no one currently on this planet who can tell if a hedgehog is pregnant or not. At least not until the day the babies come out :roll:
So it may not all be the pet store's fault...Unless they kept her in a cage with another hedgehog, who they didn't sex and ended up being male... THEN it's their fault.

But, it could also be the mill they bought the hedgehog from. The mill could have given them a pregnant hedgehog, and the store has no idea about it.

Either way, glad she's in a good home and well cared for. ^_^

Did you find the growth before or after the birth?
I'm sorry I couldn't be of much help either. It almost looks like a weird growth my dog had on his tail years back.
It's hard to tell from the picture what it could be. As a description of what it feels like would clear things up a little as well, but that's impossible, since you can't handle her right now.
Basically, you'd want to know whether it's on the skin or below the skin. Whether it's a hard unmovable lump. A lump that is squishy and movable. Hard and movable. Moves with the skin, or moves with the flesh, or moves in between both. (Yes... too many years of having dogs and cats with cancerous lumps... freaks me out every time I find some sort of bump)

If there is some way to feel the lump, without stressing her out... That would be the thing to try first. Maybe during feeding time, lure her out a bit, feed her some treats and just reach in and feel the bump...
But, that being said, might be good to wait for someone who has experience with nursing mothers.
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