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Old 08-02-2011, 11:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know hedgehogs get mites.
I'm of course worried about them, for the safety of Sonic and others.

Which brings me to my question;
does anyone know if the kind of mites hedgehogs get can be contracted by humans or other pets?
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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As far as I know, the mites they get are species-specific, so they won't infest any other pets or you. I remember having mites crawling on me after I held some hedgehogs at a pet store near me, the poor babies were just covered in them. But after I got home and took a shower, I didn't find anymore, nor find any bites.
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, like lilysmommy said they are species specific. I was worried about this before as well, since I have a ton of other animals, and it would be a mess if all my 20 (literally) pets caught mites!
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Yeah. I have 2 dogs and a fear of insects.
It would be an absolute nightmare if mites occured!

Is there any other disease hedgies carry that can be contracted?
Or vice versa?
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hedgies don't carry diseases (if they're wild they probably do?), which is why they don't need vaccines like dogs, cats, ferrets, etc. do. Here's a couple pages on diseases spread through animals/people (though I doubt you'd ever need to worry about them!) http://www.nt.gov.au/d/Content/File/p/Anim_Dis/819.pdf

I found this, though I honestly don't know if our domestic hedgies can get it or not?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foot_and_mouth_disease
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I can't say 100% but if I remember right Hedgehogs can't contract Foot and Mouth disease but that it was one of the reasons that the US stopped letting them be imported. I think at the time it was a big thing and out of the fear of it put hedgehogs on the list. It's been sometime though since I read up on it so I could be wrong.

There isn't really any diseases I can think of off hand that hedgehogs would get and be able to pass. I think there is a strain of ringworm that can be passed but that's the only thing coming to mind.

Hopefully there will be more a long that may know 100%.
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:10 AM   #7 (permalink)
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From what I understand, hedgies were first found to have Foot and Mouth Disease in 1946 in Norfolk. Apparently that's why they're illegal to keep them in parts of the US.
http://www.jstor.org/pss/3860349

Here's a page about Foot and Mouth Disease in the Hedgehog
http://www.critterology.com/foot_and_mo ... g-162.html
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the learning...this is something I did not know. I assumed mites could be passed on so am quite careful to lay down fleece on the couches and such...aside from Hazel feeling more comfy on it my small Pom shares the same spot at a different time and I had not yet been able to research it. This makes me feel much better as it sounds like a hedgie can have mites for a while before it actually shows signs.
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I know there some things that hedgies might be able to get from other small animals, like rabbits, guinea pigs, etc. which is one reason not to let them hang out with each other. And hedgies could get fleas, ticks, etc. from dogs or cats that have access to being outside. The only thing I've seen pass between hedgehogs and humans is ringworm, like Hedgieonboard said. There's been a couple threads about that on here, actually.
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