Healthy Hedgehog, Sick Hedgehog

Know the signs of illness in your hedgehog.

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Healthy hedgehogs like this one have bright eyes and are full of energy. Via Nick&Shelien Hadfield/Flickr
Audrey Pavia

Healthy Hedgehogs Have:

  • Bright, alert expressions
  • Plenty of energy
  • Firm stools
  • Good appetite

Signs A Hedgehog Is Sick Include:

  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Reluctance to move
  • Dull expression
  • Weight loss
  • Discharge from the eyes or nose
  • Loose stools
  • Panting or labored breathing
  • Paralysis

What To Do If Your Hedgehog Is Sick

If you suspect your hedgehog is under the weather, contact a veterinarian who specializes in exotics right away. (Veterinarians who treat ferrets usually treat hedgehogs as well.)

While you are waiting to take your hedgehog to the vet, reduce its stress by leaving it alone as much as you can. If your small pet lives with another hedgehog, remove the cage mate right away. Provide your ill hedgehog with a dark, quiet environment with a room temperature of around 75 degrees Fahrenheit to keep it comfortable until it’s time to see the vet.

If your hedgehog is sick, do not bathe it unless your veterinarian instructs you to do so. Don’t expose your hedgehog to drafts or loud noises. Avoid handling it if possible.

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