FOUND A SICK/INJURED HEDGEHOG ???
Pick them up with gloves, wrap in a towel (preferably light coloured) and place in a high sided box. Remember, all hedgehogs are Harry Houdini's until proven otherwise! Make sure you take the box inside and leave in a quiet room away from loud noises. Do NOT leave it outside.
Provide them with a hot-water bottle (Not scalding hot, just warm) or even better if you have a pet microwavable heat pad. Allow extra space inside the box to allow them to move away from the heat source if they become too hot.
If you are not local to London Colney, then please call the BHPS (British Hedgehog Preservation Society) - 01584 890 801 for further advice and numbers of local carers/rescues.
If out of hours there is an answerphone, press option 1.
EMERGENCY HELPLINE; 07867 567 464 (London Colney)
EMERGENCY HELPLINE; 07736 088 999 (Watford)
Don't delay! The quicker you act, the more chance the hedgehog has of surviving. :-)
If the hedgehog is active, you can offer it some meaty dog/cat food, cat biscuits and water. NO milk. If the hedgehog is in a collapsed state then please don't offer food, just get to a rescue quickly.
Even if you would like to over-winter a hedgehog, you should seek professional advice and get the hedgehog checked over by an experienced carer first. Hedgehogs are masters at hiding an illness and an experienced carer will know what signs to look for.
* Hedgehogs seen out during the day need help fast.
(The only exception is in the summer time which could be a lactating female. The difference is, she will be busy with nesting material in her mouth, look alert and be fast. It should not be wobbling or just lying there. Hedgehogs do NOT sunbathe and any seen wobbling, lethargic or that have flies buzzing around, need help fast!
OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION;
All hedgehogs have worms (internal parasites) that live in harmony with the hedgehog, but when a hedgehog is sick, injured or in captivity, the slightest bit of stress will cause the worms to multiply and the hedgehog will not be able to cope with them any longer. The worms become a burden and if left untreated, sadly will kill the hedgehog.
Unfortunately there is no wormer on the market that gets rid of all internal parasites. There are different treatments for different types.
A poo sample is needed for testing under a microscope to determine which parasites are present.
We do poo testing here and can provide treatment for all internal parasites.
Do NOT use any cat/dog flea treatments on a hedgehog. Frontline has been known to be toxic to hedgehogs and there has been many reports of fatalities, so do NOT use.
Very few hedgehogs these days have fleas. In 2014 we rescued just over 80 hedgehogs and no more than 10 had fleas. 2 were infested and the other had just a few.
Hedgehog fleas are host specific and cannot and will NOT live on your pets. They might jump onto your pet, but will soon jump off and will wait for the next hog to pass by.
Do NOT attempt to remove the tick yourself unless using a proper tick remover (You can buy these from the vets). Do NOT put anything onto the tick thinking that it will kill it. It can cause the tick to regurgitate its contents back into the hedgehog which can be harmful and even cause death.
Maggots / Flystrike (eggs)
Maggots can be picked off with tweezers and the eggs can be brushed off. Flies will even lay eggs on a hedgehog that has no wound. These are normally the poor ones that are out during the day.
All maggots and fly eggs MUST be removed. Yes, maggots are good for eating the bad infected bits but unfortunately the maggots will not just stop there, they will continue to eat good flesh, eyes and enter through ears, mouth, nose, bum etc. This is an awful way to die so please act quickly and get the hedgehog to a rescue/carer immediately.
Found a hedgehog in your garden?
Please do not try to relocate or move a hedgehog to a different area. It is very important that they are not relocated to a wood. If the hedgehog is in immediate danger please speak to a local hedgehog rescue for advice first. The hedgehog could have babies close by and many areas do not have the right natural food or habitat. Also, some areas have a high population of badgers and sadly badgers can predate hedgehogs. If you accidentally disturb a hibernating hedgehog please cover it up exactly how you found it and leave alone.
The Hedgehog Lady :-)