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Hi all! My 5-year-old hedgehog, Bean, has been dealing with weight loss and slight mobility issues for a while, and the vet believes that he has WHS. Unfortunately college life caused me to neglect his care more than I should have, so I didn't catch on to a lot of his symptoms until he had already lost a significant amount of weight.... I've definitely learned my lesson that annual checkups are NECESSARY because we also learned that he somehow lost all of his teeth! : (

Thankfully, he's been eating a blend of wet dog foods for a while and has a hearty appetite, but the vet prescribed oxbow critical care to feed him 2-3x per day to hopefully get his weight up. He takes this pretty well, and I'm hoping that his weight will start to get up in the next few weeks. Also, I read online that Vitamin E may help to slow the onset of WHS symptoms -- does anyone have experience mixing this with critical care? I may try to mix in one capsule each day.

Also, a behavioral change I've noticed is that Bean is really into licking stuff in his cage now -- he chews on crinkle balls and licks the wall, houses, ping pong balls, etc. I even had to switch to only fleece bedding because I caught him trying to eat Kaytee paper bedding multiple times! :,) Out of curiosity, has anyone else had this experience with WHS? I'm assuming it's because his neurological function is deteriorating and that it isn't anything to be majorly concerned about, but it's a bit strange! My only other guess would be that he has some sort of vitamin deficiency, but his diet hasn't changed in a long time (aside from the critical care, but I think this behavior started before that).

Also, if anyone has general care suggestions for WHS please let me know! I think Bean still has good quality of life at this point -- he gets around fairly easily, still runs on his wheel occasionally, is ALWAYS hungry, seems to be alert, etc. I feel terrible about not taking him to the vet earlier because, like I said, he's been having weight loss and reduced activity for a while, so I want to make his last little bit of life as comfortable as possible < 3 I've heard some things about possible massages to help mobility, so if anyone knows anything about that I'm all ears!
 

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Update: I've been giving Bean the critical care and his weight has held steady at 250 g. However, I was out of town last week and my petsitter was not able to successfully syringe feed him even though I showed her how to (meaning that he just ate his regular wet food). Anyways, I just picked him up from her house and discovered that he lost 50g. This is a HUGE weight drop, and I'm so worried about him. He seemed more 'off' than usual, but I'm praying that this is just because he's been stressed out this week in his travel cage/in a different house. I'm planning to start syringe feeding him three times a day instead of the usual two, but I'm so worried that he's just going to keep deteriorating from here.

If anyone has ideas for other ways to encourage healthy weight gain and make Bean more comfortable, please let me know... I realize that this is a situation where there probably isn't much I can do aside from the syringe feeding, but I'm so distraught that he lost so much weight in such a short period of time and that I wasn't here to do anything about it : ( I'm considering taking him to the vet again, but that would also be stressful for him and I'm not sure if they would be able to do anything else.
 
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