Last Updated on November 1, 2022.
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 products used by other hedgehog enthusiasts but we cannot personally recommend any of the following products from our own experience.
Flax Seed Oil
- Flax Seed Oil is reported to help dry skin, aid in digestion, and is beneficial for overall good health.
- It can be purchased at any health food store.
- It should be refrigerated.
- Many breeders will buy flaxseed oil caplets from their local drugstore.
- These convenient capsules can be punctured on one to allow a small amount of oil to come out.
- If your hedgehog’s food does not already contain flaxseed oil, you can also add a few drops to your hedgehog’s food.
- The kibble will readily absorb the flaxseed oil. This can be repeated daily.
- Too much flax seed oil can cause diarrhea.
Fish Oil Concentrate with Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- One drop added to the food two or three times a week is a typical recommended dose.
- It will most likely take about one month to show improvement.
- The fish oil is also good for the heart.
- Fish oil does contain high levels of Vitamin A and D (both of which are fat-soluble) which means the level taken must be highly monitored as toxic effects can occur with overdoses of A and D.
- Fish oil may cause the hedgehog’s stool to have a stronger odor.
- It must be kept refrigerated and tightly sealed or it will go rancid.
Contributors: Gail Smith, Melissa Ramos