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Old 02-13-2014, 12:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've seen pictures of hedgehogs outside. I'm assuming people are using playpens when they do. Obviously not at this time of the year, but possibly during the spring when it's in the mid 70s or low 80s for the temperature. Would you need to be worried about fleas though?

That's another question I have as well. I have dogs that get flea treatment, but sometimes they get in. Is this something I need to think about with my hedgehog?
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wait until the ground-temperature is also warm.

You want to make sure that you're in an area that does not use pesticides on the grass, and that has few-to-no delicious insects that your tiny friend might munch. You also want to be aware of other, larger predators -- cats, dogs, birds of prey -- and the potential of an escapee-hedgehog. They're shockingly fast, so no turning your back or your tiny friend will disappear!

Yes, they can pick up mites from the outdoors. I don't know about fleas, but I ended up just doing preventative Revolution anti-mite treatment.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Everyone in my neighborhood sprays their lawn. I think I'll just keep him inside.
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Old 02-16-2014, 05:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi! I don't want to worry you but I had a terrible experience allowing my hedgehog to play supervised on the grass last spring.

I made sure Albie didn't eat anything, but he somehow got a chronic case of some horrific parasite. The problem was, he was ill for about four months, and neither me nor the vet could identify the problem. He wouldn't eat, drink or get up at night - I had to force feed him with a syringe every morning - it was tragic to see an eight month old hedgehog looking so ill. Eventually, he passed a poo of pure blood and maggots. Luckily, he was easily sorted out with two weeks on antibiotics and de-worming/parasite medicine, but it really made him lose weight and be unhappy. Up until the faeces, I had no clue. :/

He made a recovery in late summer, so I bought him a very large kids' inflatable paddling pool and put it in the shade for him to play in. He absolutely loved it and I can't wait to use it again this summer. It's super easy to wipe clean, and keeps him away from any biological matter. Plus, it allows you to read a book or something - supervision is obviously needed, but you can take your eye off him if you're nearby as your hedgie won't be able to climb out. I really wouldn't recommend even a playpen with a towel underneath - hedgehogs have such hyperactive noses they can easily sniff up maggots eggs! I know I sound absolutely mental but my silly little guy did manage to do it, so it's a legitimate concern

As for the flea treatment - it shouldn't be a problem as hedgies are quite sparse on the hair front, lol, but do keep an eye out. You might want to buy an insecticide rabbit shampoo (without tea-tree oil) and wash his underbelly and feet after every outdoor session. I wouldn't advocate regular flea treatments as hedgies are prone to dry skin. Nobody knows a lot about them veterinary-speaking, so who knows how they'll react to strong alcohol-based spot on worming. I know how pungent my cat's worming medicine smells - a hedgehog would be likely to self annoint too, and lick their back, as they seem to like medical smells, which could be disastrous! :0

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