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My hedgehog has been with me for a few months now, and her behavior has been pretty normal, but recently I noticed that she has been scratching her chest area to the point that she has a horrible wound and is constantly bleeding. She won't stop scratching, and I'm constantly cleaning off her wound and try to make sure that she doesn't scratch herself anymore.

I don't know what to do, and I want to know why she might be doing it.

Hi, Lesly:

I'm sorry your little one is having problems with itching/scratching herself.

By far the most obvious cause for this would be mites.  You need to take her to a vet.  If she has mites, some Revolution should get rid of them.  

If she doesn't have mites, the vet will have to consider other factors to find out what is wrong.

In any case, you might want to think about giving her a warm bath and using some baby shampoo (and an old or soft toothbrush on spots that aren't scratched up) with a few drops of Vit E afterwards to soothe her skin.

Good Luck & 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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