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Jessica wrote at 2013-09-27 19:25:21
We just bought two African pygmy hedgehogs. We bought them when they were four weeks old, and we have had them for about a month.

We have had a lot of problems with controlling temperature. I have now put them in our office where there is a space heater on the wall, and put a heating pad under their cage. I can now manage their temperature with what I have done. Last night I went to change their food and saw quite a bit of blood and one of the stools. I don't know which hedgehog a came from, nor can I afford a vet. I have never had a hedgehog before I just thought it would be a good alternative to a stinky hamster for my daughter's birthday. Now I am in $400 plus food, cage, bedding, and nesting box. I don't know what to do for these little guys but my options are very slim. The only thing I can think is give them to somebody who can afford of that, then my daughter is out her birthday present and I will have four other little broken hearts.  


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Laurel Sedgwick

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Can answer care, health, & behavioral questions, as well as basic breeding questions. Can help questioner figure out if a hedgehog is the right pet for them.

Experience

Have had hedgehogs since 2001 - 16 so far. I have no experience with non-weaned babies, and limited experience with breeding and with pregnant hedgehogs. I have had too much experience with WHS (Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome). I would rate myself "expert" at syringe-feeding, and as "advanced" at performing SubQs. Two of my hedgehogs have injured an eye to the point that it had to be surgically removed. I have had a lot of hedgehogs who suffered from cancer, some who had surgery and some who didn't. Some of my quilly kids have had abcessed teeth; one guy lost all of his teeth but one! I have had multiple female hedgehogs who suffered from bleeding, who had to have surgery for uterine cancer, which was in most cases successful. Temperamentally, I have had very timid hedgehogs, persistently grumpy hedgehogs, biting hedgehogs, and very friendly hedgehogs whom I took with me as "ambassadors" for educational presentations.

Organizations
I am a Certified Judge for the IHA, and run a rescue station for the HWS. My application to be a rescue station for the IHA is pending.

Education/Credentials
I read everything I can get my hands on. Have read the best of the books, Dawn Wrobel's THE HEDGEHOG and Tig M-Burleson's THE HEDGEHOG PRIMER. I am a member of the International Hedgehog Association (IHA) and Hedgehog Welfare Society (HWS), and have been a member of various online bulletin board groups since 2002.
I have attended many hedgehog shows and have served as a judge in IHA conformation shows.

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