Hedgehog Poop Is Green | Hedgehog Constipation
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Did you notice your hedgehog’s poop is green? Should you be concerned? What can you do to salvage the situation?
We know you have a million questions. It is not easy to see your beloved pet suffer. And you should not have to, especially if you are keen on their health and take the necessary precautions.
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Hedgehog Poop Is Green – What To Do!
Hedgehogs tend to have green poop when they have an infection or are undergoing stress. Green and not very slimy poop is a sign that your lovely pet is stressed. However, this should not stop you from taking your hedgehog to a vet. A vet will provide the proper diagnosis and medication.
As mentioned earlier, another cause of green poop in hedgehogs is Clostridium, a bacterial infection. Apart from the green stool, Clostridium also causes:
- Loss of appetite
There are five strains of Clostridium, and getting your guinea pig to a vet will ensure they identify the right strain ailing your hedgehog. Some of the strains are zoonotic, meaning they can pass from one animal to the other. Isolating the strain that is making your hedgehog sick will ensure they do not pass the same to other pets you have.
If you do realize your pet has green poop, then seek immediate medical attention. If left untreated and it is indeed a bacterial infection, then it could be fatal.
To protect your hedgehog from this bacterial infection, ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly using anti-bacterial and antiseptics soaps.
Why Is My Hedgehogs Poop Green?
Green poop from your hedgehog should not be the only red sign you have to search from your pet’s poop. Other poop signs that may indicate your hedgehog is in danger include:
1. Bloody poop
If your hedgehog has a bloody poop, then take him.her to a vet immediately. The poop will not be red, but some dark or black color- the color of dried blood. This is an indication that your pet might have internal bleeding, and proper diagnosis and medication are needed.
2. Loose poop
Take your pet to the vet for a proper examination if you notice any loose poop.
Diarrhea is also loose poop, and it could indicate an issue with your pet’s diet. You can also try some home remedies before seeing a vet. Try making your beloved pet some pumpkin that is unseasoned or unsweetened. Your pet might be lacking fiber, and the pumpkin will help with this.
3. No poop
Yes, lack of poop is also a concerning sign to look out for in hedgehogs. Lack of poop could mean your hedgehog is suffering from constipation. Constipation for a day is not life-threatening, and some cooked pumpkin can help resolve this.
Pumpkin has laxative components, which will help smoothen the hedgehog’s poop, and they can finally pass the waste.
You can also help the situation by ensuring your hedgehog has enough water to drink. A nice warm bath will also help the hedgehog to relax the bum, which will make it easy for the waste to move.
However, if constipation persists for more than 24 or 48, then you need to take your pet to a vet.
When hedgehog poop is green, then your pet might be stressed or having an infection. Taking your pet to a vet will ensure you get the proper diagnosis and that they do not spread the bacterial infection to other pets.
Hey, I’m Amy and I’m in love with my Pets! I have a diverse variety, including 2 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs, a rat and a beautiful macaw. I love writing about everything pet-related and spend as much time as I can sharing my personal experiences.