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hello laurel

i have a four month old hedgehog and he seems to be dragging his hind leg. It started out on one hind leg and now its both, i dont have a vet where i live, I have read your reply to smith about possibility of sprain or strain and even arthritis. so my question can it be cured because I am willing to go the distance looking for a vet

Hi, Syafiq:

What you describe is very worrisome.  You are doing the right thing to find a vet.  I suspect your hedgehog might have Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome, although I am hoping that something else could be causing the symptoms.

WHS cannot be cured and is eventually fatal, because the paralysis travels up the body.  All you can provide is hospice (e.g., syringe feeding, Sub-Qs, etc.).  Nevertheless, I have had two wobblies, and I was able to give them a pretty good quality of life for quite a number of months.  If you can't face caring for a wobbly, but don't want to euthanize, there are people who will take the wobbly and care for it.  Check out the hedgehogwelfare group on Yahoo!

Good Luck and Hedgie Blessings,



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Laurel Sedgwick


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.


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.

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.

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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