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Old 10-09-2014, 08:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help! Lump on hedgehog's back?

I noticed it yesterday. What might this be from? I haven't seen my hedgehog drink water but I did see him eat some cat food and a bit of baby food. I was away for a week and had him for two. What might this be from?la foto 1.jpg

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I would take him to a vet in your area.
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Old 10-09-2014, 03:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It turned out to be a tick. I made sure to get it all out of Spike's body. How do I prevent this from happening again? I do not know any local vet that would take in hedgehogs because they're endangered in my country (Kuwait) so prevention is all I have right now.
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You should have a vet. It is very irresponsible to own a hedgie and not have a vet. Do you take him outside alot?
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Not all countries have the same amount of animal care available as many western or northern European countries do.

The best thing to prevent this is to avoid taking the hedgehog outside where it might contract a tick and checking any other animals in the house that could also be harboring a tick. If you do have other animals make sure they are being put on a tick prevention medicine. Normally a topical solution applied to the back. This way they can't bring in a tick that will get on the hedgehog. As far as I know you cannot apply this same medication to a hedgehog.

What kind of bedding are you currently using? A loose substrate can harbor many insects without you knowing. It might be a good idea to switch to a cloth lining. Fleece is preferred.

I would also double check the cage and everything in it to make sure nothing is hiding dormant. Tick's can remain alive without a blood source for years just waiting for something warm blooded to come by. Also best way to kill a tick is fire or water. DO NOT just throw it in the trash.

As your hedgehog has already been exposed to the tick, I would keep a good eye out for any changes in behavior or health. Hedgehogs are hardy when it comes to poisons (toxins) and diseases but you can never to be safe.
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Old 10-10-2014, 01:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You should have a vet. It is very irresponsible to own a hedgie and not have a vet. Do you take him outside alot?
How was I supposed to know my local vets don't accept hedgehogs? Please on't be quick to assume. There is somewhere I can take him but if I do they'll take him away and a vet I can call but he hasn't answered. Nope I didn't take him out. No idea where they came from.
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Not all countries have the same amount of animal care available as many western or northern European countries do.

The best thing to prevent this is to avoid taking the hedgehog outside where it might contract a tick and checking any other animals in the house that could also be harboring a tick. If you do have other animals make sure they are being put on a tick prevention medicine. Normally a topical solution applied to the back. This way they can't bring in a tick that will get on the hedgehog. As far as I know you cannot apply this same medication to a hedgehog.

What kind of bedding are you currently using? A loose substrate can harbor many insects without you knowing. It might be a good idea to switch to a cloth lining. Fleece is preferred.

I would also double check the cage and everything in it to make sure nothing is hiding dormant. Tick's can remain alive without a blood source for years just waiting for something warm blooded to come by. Also best way to kill a tick is fire or water. DO NOT just throw it in the trash.

As your hedgehog has already been exposed to the tick, I would keep a good eye out for any changes in behavior or health. Hedgehogs are hardy when it comes to poisons (toxins) and diseases but you can never to be safe.
Thank you for your reply! I'm currently using Aspen bedding and haven't taken him out. Thanks again!
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Of course. I would do a complete substrate change if you don't want to switch bedding. Clean everything in the cage with 50/50 vinegar solution and some very hot water. Dry completely before putting it back. Good luck, ticks are some nasty bugs.
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