The Aging Hedgehog

Sep 2, 2013 by

The Aging Hedgehog
  • 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 it may be more difficult to get around.

Physical Appearance Change

  • Colors of spines begin to dull and fade
  • Spine tips begin to dull
  • Fur on face begins to fade and may look disheveled
  • Nails thicken and darken
  • Their teeth may wear down or some may be missing

Care for Aging Hedgehogs

  • Routine veterinary check-ups will help both you and your vet monitor the aging process.   Also, it ensures that changes in health are age associated and not due to illness or injury.
  • Older hedgehogs do better at warmer temperatures and will benefit from additional heat sources.
  • Softer diets may be necessary as teeth wear down or fall out.

Author:  Gail Dick, Millermeade Farm’s Critter Connection

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