Health Care FAQ

Health Care FAQ

 Do hedgehogs require vet visits? We suggest a well pet visit two to four weeks after taking your hedgehog home and annual well pet check ups. We suggest calling local veterinarians to find out: Do they treat hedgehogs? How much is a well pet visit? ($25-60) How much... Read More
Integument (Skin) Issues

Integument (Skin) Issues

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 causes self trauma Other Causes for Scratching... Read More
Urogenital Health Issues

Urogenital Health Issues

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 their genital area. Clumping cat... Read More
Quilling

Quilling

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 from the replacement of spines that are lost individually. Quilling is a... Read More
Hedgehogs & Other Pets

Hedgehogs & Other Pets

 According to Lianne McLeod, DVM, former About.com Guide, “African pygmy hedgehogs are pretty well-equipped to defend themselves from other pets and seem to tolerate other pets quite well.” A huffing and puffing ball of prickles may intimidate some cats and dogs,... Read More
Hedgehogs As Gifts

Hedgehogs As Gifts

Time Spent With Your Breeder The time you spend with your breeder is one of the most important parts of purchasing a hedgehog. An experienced and knowledgeable breeder will give new owners a great deal of handling and care advice. A good breeder’s handling... Read More