Anesthesia

Anesthesia

Last Updated on November 11, 2013. 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... Read More
At Home FAQ

At Home FAQ

Last Updated on April 24, 2021. 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... Read More
Bacteria in stools

Bacteria in stools

Last Updated on November 18, 2021. 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... Read More
Bathing Your Hedgehog

Bathing Your Hedgehog

Last Updated on November 18, 2021.  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... Read More
Causes Of Dry Skin

Causes Of Dry Skin

Last Updated on February 17, 2020. 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.... Read More
Digestive & Gastrointestinal Issues

Digestive & Gastrointestinal Issues

Last Updated on November 18, 2021. 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... Read More
Dry Skin Treatments

Dry Skin Treatments

Last Updated on November 18, 2021. 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... Read More
Eyes

Eyes

Last Updated on November 18, 2021.  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... Read More
Feet & Paws

Feet & Paws

Last Updated on November 10, 2013. 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... Read More
Food Additives to Help Dry Skin

Food Additives to Help Dry Skin

Last Updated on November 11, 2019. 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... Read More
Fungal Infections

Fungal Infections

Last Updated on July 7, 2015. 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.... Read More
Health Care FAQ

Health Care FAQ

Last Updated on November 18, 2021.  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... Read More
Integument (Skin) Issues

Integument (Skin) Issues

Last Updated on July 7, 2015. 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... Read More
Mites & Other Ectoparasites

Mites & Other Ectoparasites

Last Updated on January 19, 2021. 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.... Read More
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