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Published on Sep 20, 2013
Regina has a medical condition which caused her obesity. While she is cute and fluffy, her weight is not ideal, and she is on a limited diet and under veterinary supervision. However, she does not let her medical condition affect her sense of humor!
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More details on why Regina is overweight: In the beginning of 2012, I noticed she wasn't using her wheel as much, and she started to have some... er, lady problems. So I took her to the veterinarian, and the vet did an ultrasound and ran some tests, and found that she had abnormal bacterias and possibly pre-cancerous cells in her uterus. The vet felt it was best to spay her ASAP as a preventative measure because cancer is so prevalent in hedgies. So, in February 2012 she was spayed. After she was spayed, she stopped using her wheel completely and began to gain weight despite no changes in her diet. I spoke to her vet about it, and she said that it's common for activity levels to decrease and for weight gain to occur after being spayed. I've asked three different veterinarians what I can do, and they all say the same thing: I can't force her to lose weight, and the best thing to do is just encourage activity as often as possible.
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