Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Namine Recovery #3

Hello all!

So I went to work early (as will become the norm around here I'm sure). I went to check on Nami and after cooing at her for a bit, changing her water and spot cleaning the fleece; I was kind of dissapointed to only see one poo by her tube. But, just a minute later my manager, who opened and did animal care today, popped his head into Wellness and said, "I can't believe how much that thing can poop!" I (of course) about died laughing, because it is such a hot topic with new hedgie owners. Apparently there had been four other "piles" that he had already tidied up for me!
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Poopy that I was WAY too excited about...

I did my little happy dance knowing that she is happy and nomming away at the soaked kibbles. She also had a poopy wheel, I was so happy she was comfortable enough to run even with some of her back nails sill long. Her poo is a little green, but I think it is from the Innova I have introduced to her diet. :) She eats it right up, though I can't tell the difference between kibbles once they soak up the water.
I also got some pictures of how bad her back is with dry skin, sores, and bald patches...

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:( But it only gets better from here...Right??

I put my hand in her giant igloo and just kept still till she figured out who I was when she stole my heart all over again. She huffed at first, then gave me some licks and rested her little head on the back of my hand. :cry: This little girl has stolen my heart completely and I can't wait to being her home. :)

We'll end on a cute note.

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So here is her trying to wake up. She also likes to show off her pinto spot...that sadly I just noticed today. But to be fair, I love her face too much to look away! lol

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Namine Recover #2

Hey all,

So I have today's pics of Namine ready to go! Today she got her first dose of Revolution for her mites and I got her started on soft foods! I soaked some of her old/ crappy Iams and Eukanuba cat foods mix with some higher quality Innova cat food and water. She was so hungry! She ate and ate, but didn't want anything to do with the sweet potato baby food I offered her.
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Soo Happy!

I also have her on light (pink and white) fleece now so I can monitor her bowel movements and make sure she doesn't have any big internal issues. She did poo for me while I had her out, before her Revolution dose lol.

I also got to trim some of her nails today, and though I quicked her, she was better about it than my boys usually are! I didn't want to push her too far, so I will leave her back feet for a few days from now. It is going to take her a while to walk normally on the pads of her feet though. See her front foot? She stands on her tippy toes.

I also switched her water bottle out for a water bowl. She took to it right away, and I am thinking the water bottle may have been what knocked out all her teeth!

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This is her naked hedgie butt, with her one white quill hanging in there. lol. I can't wait to see her quills grown back in!

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I rearanged things in her house too, put down the fleece and got her loads of blankies for her giant igloo. The wheel.. I am going to leave for now, just in case she wants to run, but I am going to have to save for a new bucket wheel (hint, hint Larry!) lol.
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Here is a post nail trim pic, it is easy to see which nails havent been done, and it is going to be an ongoing process to get them back to where they should be...

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My favorite. She loves all her blankies now! I left her only when she went to sleep. I teared up when I saw how happy she looked!

The "Quill" Part of Brushes and Quills *graphic*

Hello all!

So I have aquired a new rescue hedgehog. As you may know, I got Navi a few months ago as he was surrendered by his owner. I got very lucky with him and he had no health problems or other issues.

I wasn't so lucky this time. But I am already in love, so she is mine. :)

I have named her Namine, and as fitting with the continuing "Video Game Names" theme that we have for all our pets, hers fits right in. So forgive me, most of the posts will be about her progress and recovery for the next several weeks, but I think it will be nice to have everything documented! Forgive me! lol

So Namine or Nami, got dropped off two days ago to my job, and several of my co-workers texted and called right away to let me know! I am the "Crazy Hedgehog Lady" for my store, so anything to do with them gets sent to me. Everyone at work fell in love with her personality, but I asked them to hold her for me until the next day.

So the next morning I actually leave for work early, super ready to meet my female hedgie and I rush to the Wellness room she is being kept in, and promptly bust into tears.

Her entire back is covered in dry sheets of skin, small scabs and her entire bottom is naked of quills and fur. :( So I finally get a hold of myself and whisk her into grooming and rinse her down and give her a VERY mild oatmeal bath. That helped get rid of a lot of the extra flakes.

Ok, so her has mites, which is most likely the cause of her dry skin and quill loss. I have the meds to treat her- so that isn't a huge deal in itself.
Then I notice her toes. Her little toe nails are so over grown, I am supprised she can walk at all. Her "thumb" nails on her front feet have grown completely over the top of her "hands" And her previous owner had her on some kind of corn cob bedding/cat litter and you can immediately tell she was having a hard time walking on it.

So that is my sob story, I will prolly post later tonight with the pics I took today and you can see how happy she is already!!


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Naked butt

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Awful and Painful Nails
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sinful Colors Innocent and Mauve

Hello all!

Sorry it has been a few days (again). But it was a big weekend including a trip to visit my parents and my grandfather's 90th birthday! His daughters hosted a lovely party with Italian food and live music, played by some of Gramps' good friends. Gramps is the most active 90 year old I have ever met, still making mosaics and selling them at local art fairs!

So of course I had to do my nails and I took a page from the current trend book. I matched my nails to my dress. Of course, I got so busy doing my mom and younger brother's girlfriends' nails that I ran out of time to do my own... But I think they came out pretty good!

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This dress was given to me by my Grandma, and it is super vintage, but luckily the style has come back aroung again with big, bold prints! Sinful Colors Innocent and Mauve matched the colors exactly!

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The only sad part is one of my nails cracked really low so I had to take some length off. :( But I still have something to work with, not little nubbins.

Sorry for the short post, but I will have more soon!