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I stayed up really late last night and played with 2 of our 5 Texas rescue girls, Pepper and Bridget. Pepper has an appointment at the vet for Friday (today is Tuesday) for some sneezing--that's the earliest they could get us in. Everyone else is going too, to get checked out and get Revolution.

Bridget pooped on the blanket, so I picked it up with a white napkin. When I saw she wasn't done (she was aiming her tail at me), I put the napkin under her bottom. She made another firm poop, but I noticed it seemed a little mucous-y. She strained to make another, but all that came out was a drop of bloody mucous. She made another poop a little later, but it was followed by a little more bloody mucous.

I'm SURE it came from her bottom--I'd just seen poop come out the same place. I sealed the poopy napkin that had evidence of what I have described into a baggie. I was going to take her to the vet ASAP--but it turns out ASAP is Friday, the appointment we already have. It sounds like the vet is sick and won't be there much this week.

Of course I checked online to see if this was giardia, constipation, signs of pregnancy, anything. Nothing really matched up with what I saw. I know she needs to go to the vet unless I am sure it was just constipation. Does anyone have advice or suggestions for us?

Additional info: They arrived a week ago tonight. There are 5 housed together in 3 linked Sterilite bins on fleece. They have Soft-sorbent in a 9x12 litter box--some of them actually even use it! They are eating canned cat food and a mix of 3 crunchy cat foods, wet and crunchy food served on separate dishes. The kibbles in my mix are Fancy Feast Filet Mignon and Seafood, Purina One Salmon and Brown Rice, and low fat Blue Buffalo senior cat (I took it back to PetSmart, everyone here hates it and it doesn't get eaten--I'm going to find something else they like).
 

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Based on the fact that some Texas hedgehogs have already been diagnosed with round worms I'm going to guess that you are seeing symptoms of a parasite infestation. It has been recommended that these hedgehogs be kept in a 40 day quarantine and remember to practice excellent hygiene (wash those hands) after handling them.

If you haven't already explain to your veterinary office where these hedgehogs come from and that some of the Texas rescues have been diagnosed with mites, roundworms and giardia already. See if they will work with you.
 

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Should I put Bridget in quarantine from the rest of the TX girls who aren't having poop problems?

I spoke with one of the vet techs earlier. She said try another vet in the next town over... but he charges 3x what our regular vet is and he doesn't listen to me... he insisted on sedating and treating Zeus with Ivermectin on our only visit to him. I just don't like him.
 

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You should be able to take the fecal in without having an appointment. Quarantining her at this point won't protect the others because whatever she has the others have already been exposed to. It might be best though to put her in her own cage so she is easier to monitor.
 
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