While all animals are unique in their ways, they all are bound to get sick or ill at one point. Common pests such as cats and dogs display symptoms of diseases through vomiting. Pet parents or potential owners often question whether hedgehogs can vomit or not?
The answer to the question is yes, hedgehogs can vomit.
A hedgehog vomiting is an indication that something is wrong with it. Usually, animals like cats vomit out cat fur. However, hedgehogs do not have long hair, so vomiting a hairball is out of the question.
If your hedgehog is vomiting, you must consult a vet immediately. Hedgehogs tend to hide illnesses. Vomiting is an indication that this hidden illness is getting worse.
Can Hedgehogs Get Sick?
All animals are prone to getting sick, and hedgehogs are no different. Hedgehogs are sensitive animals, and a lot of care goes into ensuring they do not fall sick. Unfortunately, there are diseases that hedgehogs are more susceptible to catch.
There are certain symptoms to look out for that can tell if your hedgehog is sick. A healthy hedgehog will be active and curious about its surroundings. However, if your hedgehog is sick, it will be lazy and disinterested in everything happening around it.
You can look at something as small as your hedgehog’s eyes and nose and tell that it is sick. When hedgehogs have bright eyes and clear noses, it means that they are healthy. On the other hand, if hedgehogs have dull eyes or experiencing discharge from the nose or mouth, they have something wrong.
Unfortunately, hedgehogs are prone to gaining diseases like cancer. Therefore, you must keep a check on your hedgehog for any bumps or lumps.
While it is normal for hedgehogs to scratch because they have dry skin, excessive scratching can mean your little spiny friend suffers from a skin disease. In addition, losing excessive quills can also mean that hedgehogs have a skin condition such as mites or fungal infection.
Hedgehogs are at risk of acquiring the Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome.
This syndrome affects the hedgehog’s brain and spinal cord. As a result of these diseases, hedgehogs are unable to walk properly. You can detect early symptoms of this disease by monitoring your hedgehog and seeing if it walks properly.
Hedgehogs love to eat, but if your hedgehog is not eating, it may be sick. Loss of appetite can mean that your hedgehog may be suffering from any dental disease. Likewise, if your hedgehog is experiencing diarrhoea along with loss of appetite, it can mean that it has digestive problems.
What Causes a Hedgehog to Vomit?
There are many reasons why a hedgehog may vomit. A vomiting hedgehog is not a healthy one and should be taken to the vet immediately.
Hedgehogs may vomit if they get a bacterial infection from their food or the water they drink. Therefore, it is important to take care of hygiene for hedgehogs. Sometimes, hedgehogs may eat quickly and choke on their food, causing them to vomit it later.
If your hedgehog vomits food and only once, then there is no reason to worry about it. You can prevent your hedgehog from vomiting by getting smaller-sized kibble for it.
If your hedgehog has been vomiting more than once, it can be an infection. In this case, you should collect the vomit sample to get it tested. Moreover, you must ensure that you keep your hedgehog hydrated as vomiting will cause it to become dehydrated.
Often, new pet owners may confuse a self-anointing hedgehog with vomit. Hedgehogs self-anoint, which means that they froth and cover themselves in their saliva. This can worry some hedgehog owners understandably if they see it for the first time.
However, this behaviour is healthy in hedgehogs, and you should not confuse it with vomiting.
How To Take Care of a Sick Hedgehog
As pet owners, if our pets get sick, we try our best to make them comfortable and provide them with the best care. However, if you have a sick hedgehog, it will require constant care, and you can easily give it from your home.
A sick hedgehog will be weak and will require extra warmth. Hedgehogs already prefer warm temperatures, and a sick hedgehog will feel more vulnerable. Warmth will provide comfort to the hedgehogs and keep their body temperature regulated.
Your hedgehog will try to go into hibernation mode if the temperature drops; therefore, it is important to keep it warm.
You can keep your hedgehog warm by placing blankets in its cage. You can place heating pads at the bottom of the cage where your hedgehog likes to stay.
It is best not to provide additional stress to your sick hedgehog. Therefore, you must ensure to keep a quiet environment in your home where your hedgehog is. It is best to keep other pets away from the hedgehog and keep it isolated, so nothing bothers it.
Usually, hedgehogs eat kibble, but you can try going for canned food instead if yours is not. If your hedgehog refuses to eat food, you can feed it soft foods using a syringe. It is best to avoid bathing your hedgehog without consulting your vet first.
Hedgehogs can vomit and may do so if they feel ill. A vomiting hedgehog should be taken to the vet immediately. All animals are prone to falling sick, and hedgehogs are no different. You can tell if your hedgehog is sick if it lacks appetite, the eyes or nose are watery, or it is experiencing diarrhoea.
A hedgehog can vomit if it has a bacterial infection or chokes on a big piece of food. Many people confuse the self-anointing behaviour of hedgehogs with vomiting. You can take care of a sick hedgehog by keeping it warm, giving it soft food with a syringe and avoid giving it additional stress.