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USDA Licensed Hedgehog Breeder
Located in South Dakota

It is never fun to have a sick hedgehog.  If you think your hedgehog may be sick, please take action.  Hedgehogs are very, very good at hiding their symptoms, so we have to be diligent in making sure they stay healthy.


Here are some symptoms to be on the lookout for that require immediate veterinary care:

  1. Cold and Unresponsive that does not respond to warming up within an hour.
  2. Wobbly or unsteady gait that does not respond to warming up within an hour.  
    Please note - A hedgehog that suddenly become wobbly DOES NOT have WHS or Wobbly      Hedgehog Syndrome.  WHS does not come on in a sudden manner.  Wobbliness is usually      from being to cold or an inner ear infection.
  1. Watery Diarrhea that has been happening longer than 8 hours
  2. Black Tarry Stool (poop) 
  3. Blood in either the urine or stool
  4. Vomiting that does not come from a car ride or choking on kibble or other food
  5. Green Vomit or blood in the vomit
  6. Sneezing and runny nose (upper respiratory infection) - This is also aside from a sudden        onset from something that makes them sneeze such as new bedding, new food, etc.
  7. Sudden paralysis of any limb
  8. Blood from the nose, eyes, or ears
  9. Tilting of the head
  10. Convulsions (seizures)
  11. Gasping for breath
  12. Raspy breath (usually goes along with number 8 unless the hedgehog is aspirating)

If you own a pet, whether it is a cat, dog, horse, or something else, chances are you have some things on hand in case your pet gets hurt.   If you own a hedgehog it is good to also have a first aid kit on hand.   The following items are some of the things your kit should contain.  Please note you can always add more things as well:


  •  A card with your vet's phone number and address.  In addition you should also have a second vet's information and your nearest emergency vet's information in case you may need one.

  • Human Heating pad -  This is for emergency use only.  Mitten warmers or a heat disc will work as well.  You just need something in the event your hedgehog needs to warm up quickly.  

  • 2 cans of Hills A&D wet cat food which can be purchased at a vet office.  This is to be used for syringe feeding when your hedgehog is unable to eat on his/her own.  Make sure it is room temperature or lukewarm before feeding.   Keep track of the expiration dates and replace when they expire

  • Small bottle of Pedialite for syringing liquid during dehydration.  Again, make sure it is room temperature or lukewarm, taking note of the expiration dates.

  • A bottle of Boost or Ensure - This can be a good source of nutrition for a sick hog and can easily be syringed.   Make sure this is room temp or lukewarm and not expired before using.

  • Syringes - Make sure you have some specifically designed for small animals, or 1 mL syringes available at the vet or your local pharmacy.  Try to get one with an offset tip for easier feeding.

  • White or mostly white liners or receiving blankets to use as bedding.  This will allow you to see what color your hedgehogs body fluids are.

  • Mid-sized, clear, Sterilite or Rubbermaid bin for a sick/quarantine cage.  This is easily transportable if you need to go to the vet, and you can also put any supplies in it as well.

  • Regular Polysporin - DO NOT use extra strength or pain control as these are toxic to hedgehogs.

  • Vaseline and a water based, non-toxic lubricant

  • Roll of paper towels

  • Package of sterile gauze pads

  • Package of unscented baby wipes

  • Nail clippers and small scissors

  • Tweezers

  • Q-tips

  • Flour or cornstarch to stop bleeding (Mostly for toenails)

  • Small penlight or flashlight