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:
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.
- Cold and Unresponsive that does not respond to warming up within an hour.
- Wobbly or unsteady gait that does not respond to warming up within an hour.
- Watery Diarrhea that has been happening longer than 8 hours
- Black Tarry Stool (poop)
- Blood in either the urine or stool
- Vomiting that does not come from a car ride or choking on kibble or other food
- Green Vomit or blood in the vomit
- 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.
- Sudden paralysis of any limb
- Blood from the nose, eyes, or ears
- Tilting of the head
- Convulsions (seizures)
- Gasping for breath
- Raspy breath (usually goes along with number 8 unless the hedgehog is aspirating)