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My 4 year old hedgehog Charlie has been having watery slightly green looking poops for about two weeks now. I think this may be connected to the tumor appearing mound on the toe of his front paw that has grown slowly over the past few months. Is there anything I can do to help harden up his stools or possibly help make him more comfortable? I have been unemployed for the past while and can no longer afford to go to the vet with how expensive they are. Other than the issues mentioned his behavior has not changed much with the exception of him not using his wheel nearly as much if at all. Currently I make sure to clean his cage daily and keep fresh food and water available to him at all times.

Hi, Brianna:

So sorry that your little guy isn't feeling well.  Also, I apologize for having responded so belatedly. I have no special excuse, because I'm busy most of the time.

Green poop can sometimes suggest cancer, esp. if it is also tarry-looking.  But your guy's problem sounds to me more like clostridium infection. Some young and hardy animals can wear it out on their own, but that does not seem to be Charlie's case.  He really needs some antibiotic.  And for that, you'll have to visit a vet. Call around; one of your local vets may be willing to let you pay by installments.  

Mashed pumpkin or sweet-potato may not cure clostridium, but these veggies can sure help restabilize the digestive tract.  Use just packed pumpkin or sweet-potato; not pie mix or anything.

Keep cleaning his cage and providing the fresh food and water; it'll help keep him from reinfecting himself.

I wish there was more that I could do.

Good Luck &



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Laurel Sedgwick


Can answer care, health, & behavioral questions, as well as basic breeding questions. Can help questioner figure out if a hedgehog is the right pet for them.


Have had hedgehogs since 2001 - 16 so far. I have no experience with non-weaned babies, and limited experience with breeding and with pregnant hedgehogs. I have had too much experience with WHS (Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome). I would rate myself "expert" at syringe-feeding, and as "advanced" at performing SubQs. Two of my hedgehogs have injured an eye to the point that it had to be surgically removed. I have had a lot of hedgehogs who suffered from cancer, some who had surgery and some who didn't. Some of my quilly kids have had abcessed teeth; one guy lost all of his teeth but one! I have had multiple female hedgehogs who suffered from bleeding, who had to have surgery for uterine cancer, which was in most cases successful. Temperamentally, I have had very timid hedgehogs, persistently grumpy hedgehogs, biting hedgehogs, and very friendly hedgehogs whom I took with me as "ambassadors" for educational presentations.

I am a Certified Judge for the IHA, and run a rescue station for the HWS. My application to be a rescue station for the IHA is pending.

I read everything I can get my hands on. Have read the best of the books, Dawn Wrobel's THE HEDGEHOG and Tig M-Burleson's THE HEDGEHOG PRIMER. I am a member of the International Hedgehog Association (IHA) and Hedgehog Welfare Society (HWS), and have been a member of various online bulletin board groups since 2002.
I have attended many hedgehog shows and have served as a judge in IHA conformation shows.

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