Anesthesia

Anesthesia

Anesthesia is an induced state of unconsciousness in animals. Veterinarians may anesthetize your hedgehog to examine it thoroughly or during a procedure that requires the hedgehog to remain still. Anesthesia is also necessary for surgery. Three components are involved... Read More
At Home FAQ

At Home FAQ

Care When should I take him to the vet for a well pet visit? We recommend a well pet visit within the first month of coming home. If you are having any transitional stress issues we recommend as soon as you notice a problem. Check our Facebook page for quick answers... Read More
Bacteria in stools

Bacteria in stools

We all have bacteria in our stools. There is normal “bad” bacteria and “good” bacteria in our digestive system and therefore stool. This is normal biological flora. The “good” bacteria keep the “bad” bacteria in check.... Read More
Bathing Your Hedgehog

Bathing Your Hedgehog

 Hedgehogs and Bathing Many hedgehogs love to play in warm water and will enjoy themselves during bath time. Other hedgehogs may not like the water at all, but bathing a dirty hedgehog is necessary for the overall wellbeing of the animal. Some hedgehog owners have... Read More
Causes Of Dry Skin

Causes Of Dry Skin

In order to treat the dry skin, it is necessary to understand potential causes of the problem. Several factors may contribute to the dryness, but the problem will not be completely eliminated without treating the specific problem. Quilling Varying degrees of quill... Read More
Digestive & Gastrointestinal Issues

Digestive & Gastrointestinal Issues

Overview Bowel movements and elimination habits are a key indication of the digestive and gastrointestinal health of your hedgehog. Hedgehogs have a simple stomach and no cecum A cecum is where food would ferment The colon is smooth and non-complex Gut time for a... Read More
Dry Skin Treatments

Dry Skin Treatments

Treatment Overview The first step in treatment is to look at a clean, completely dry hedgehog. Our Bathing Articles describe an oatmeal bath, how to bathe your hedgehog, dead skin removal, and simple skin care tips. Various owners and breeders treat simple dry skin... Read More
Eyes

Eyes

 Overview Healthy eyes should look clear and bright. To help prevent eye damage keep your cage clean and free of sharp objects, including bedding. The sooner a veterinarian sees your hedgehog’s eye problem, the better chances you have for a faster and more successful... Read More
Feet & Paws

Feet & Paws

Hedgehogs have 4 toes on the rear feet and 5 toes on the front feet as in the Atelerix species. The nails on the front feet may need to be trimmed more frequently than the rear feet to prevent them from curling into the foot and damaging the footpad. Hedgehog’s feet... Read More
Fungal Infections

Fungal Infections

Overview Small amounts of fungal spores can be found on the skin of healthy humans and animals. An overgrowth of fungus can cause infections and dry skin. Fungal infections and bacterial infections may be found at the same time. Dermatophytes are fungi that can cause... Read More
Health Care FAQ

Health Care FAQ

 Do hedgehogs require vet visits? We suggest a well pet visit two to four weeks after taking your hedgehog home and annual well put check ups. We suggest calling local veterinarians to find out: Do they treat hedgehogs? How much is a well pet visit? ($25-60) How much... Read More
Integument (Skin) Issues

Integument (Skin) Issues

The most common reason that hedgehogs see veterinarians is for skin conditions. Pruitis (Itchiness) Scratching can cause redness or damage to the skin, which could lead to secondary infection. Scratching frequently often causing self trauma Other Causes for Scratching... Read More
Mites & Other Ectoparasites

Mites & Other Ectoparasites

General Information The information below is not meant to scare you but to make you aware of this common problem. With proper diagnosis and treatment mites can be eradicated with little more trouble than a minor inconvenience. According to Heidi Hoefer, in Clinical... Read More
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