Bacteria in stools

Jan 4, 2016 by

  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...

Food Additives to Help Dry Skin

Nov 30, 2015 by

Some hedgehog owners have found that food additives or supplements may also help improve skin quality. We suggest using food additives or supplements only under veterinary supervision. The following information is a summary of...

Respiratory Illness and Infection

Jun 24, 2014 by

  Respiratory Infections can quickly become life threatening if not treated at the first signs of illness. Types of Respiratory Infection Respiratory infections can be viral or bacterial in nature. Respiratory disease can range...

At Home FAQ

Nov 13, 2013 by

Care When should I take him to the vet? 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...

Obesity & Obesity Complications

Nov 11, 2013 by

   Many veterinarians will agree that one of  the most common medical problem seen in captive hedgehogs is obesity and obesity related problems. Cause Diet A few hedgehog enthusiasts discourage limiting a hedgehog’s food and claim...

Integument (Skin) Issues

Nov 11, 2013 by

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...

Health Care FAQ

Nov 11, 2013 by

 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...

Zoonosis vs. Anthroponosis

Oct 24, 2013 by

Zoonosis is the ability for an animal to pass a disease to a human Anthroponosis is the ability for a human to pass a disease to an animal At this time, this is the list of reported diseases that have been passed to humans from a...

Help! My Hedgehog Is Not Eating: Tem...

Sep 2, 2013 by

Symptom The loss, or lack of appetitive, is medically referred to as Anorexia. The first sign of illness is often loss of appetite. It is important to get your hedgehog checked out right away by a veterinarian, if you cannot easily...

The Aging Hedgehog

Sep 2, 2013 by

Hedgehogs go through an aging process similar to humans and other animals. Activity and Movement As hedgehogs age they become less active and are generally slower in what they do. Their gait may appear to be stiffer and as they age...

Signs Of Good Health

Sep 2, 2013 by

The following is a list of things to observe both in selecting a hedgehog as a pet and as a way to identify potential problems with your pet. Eyes Check it’s eyes to make sure they are bold, clear, round, and bright. The eyes...

Anesthesia

Sep 2, 2013 by

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...

Human Allergic Reactions To Hedgehog...

Jul 23, 2013 by

Introduction We are often asked about allergic reactions and hedgehogs. Many potential customers want to know whether or not hedgehogs are good pets for someone who is allergic to cats and dogs.  A quick search on the internet will...

Zoonotic Diseases

Jul 15, 2013 by

Illness Potential To Humans Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Any animal has potential to transmit illness to humans, just like humans can spread contagious diseases to other humans....

Dry Skin Treatments

Jun 13, 2013 by

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...

Hedgehog Longevity

Jun 11, 2013 by

Natural Longevity Hedgehogs typically live two to three years in the wild.  The most common cause of death in the wild is due to predation rather than age. Various resources report a relatively wide range in the maximum life...

Causes Of Dry Skin

Jun 11, 2013 by

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....

Monitoring Hedgehog Health

Jun 11, 2013 by

Pet hedgehogs depend on us to provide quality care throughout their life and to recognize any potential health concerns.  You should visually inspect your hedgehog everyday while handling your hedgie and look for any signs of change...

Weight Log & Size

Jun 11, 2013 by

The average hedgehog weighs approximately ½ to 1-¼ pounds, and most are the size of a softball or slightly larger when they are rolled into a ball. Some adult hedgehogs have a slightly larger build and can weigh up to 2 pounds (the...

Overview Of The Skin

Jun 11, 2013 by

Healthy Skin The epidermis and dermis are the two primary mammalian skin layers. The epidermis is the topmost layer is the selectively permeable skin barrier. It is called the dead skin layer, which provides waterproofing and serves...

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