Mites & Other Ectoparasites

Jun 6, 2013 by

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....

Eyes

Jun 6, 2013 by

 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...

Urogenital Health Issues

Jun 6, 2013 by

Genital Irritations It is important to watch for any signs of irritation and clean this area as soon as an irritation is detected. Hedgehogs are very low to the ground and so both male and female hedgehogs can get bedding stuck to...

Quilling

Jun 5, 2013 by

The Process of Quilling There are times when a hedgehog will shed large numbers of quills and replace shed ones with new ones.  This process is called quilling.  The quilling process is different than the replacement of spines that...

Hibernation and Estivation

May 27, 2013 by

In the Wild European hedgehog species hibernate in the wild when the temperature becomes too cold. They spend the warmer months building fat reserves to sustain them through their periods of inactivity. In the wild, African hedgehog...

Scratching

May 27, 2013 by

Bed Head Hedgehogs often scratch a bit when they first wake up or after they are handled. One might compare this scratching to fluffing out a “bed head” hairdo. Hedgehogs’ skin may also feel tight or need to be scratched when their...

Fungal Infections

May 25, 2013 by

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....

Feet & Paws

May 21, 2013 by

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...

Digestive & Gastrointestinal Is...

May 21, 2013 by

Overview Bowl 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...

Warming Up A Cold Hedgehog

May 17, 2013 by

A hedgehog that is cold or feels cool to the touch is in serious danger. Captive bred hedgehogs are not accustomed to hibernation and can die from, what to them is, an unnatural torpor. Warming up a hedgehog too quickly can do more...

Bathing Your Hedgehog

May 17, 2013 by

 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...

Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome

Nov 12, 2011 by

What is Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome? Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome (WHS) is a degenerative disease affects the nervous system of both African pygmy (Alterix sp) and European (Erinaceus europaeus) hedgehogs. Many believe there is a strong...

Understanding an Illness or Health P...

Oct 11, 2011 by

Small animals often hide signs and symptoms of illness until it is in urgent need of veterinary intervention or it too late for veterinary treatment.  Non-domesticated animals hide illnesses to survive predation, and this defense...

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