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Hedgehogs presenting with WHS start onset typically 6 months to 1 year old. Many people that care for and keep elderly hedgehogs will see them slow down and start to present "neurological issues" past the age of 3 years. The reason for this is the exposure over time to many carcinogens throughout our environment. I am sorry that your senior guy is starting to drop weight, but this is oftentimes just related to old age. WHS cannot be diagnosed while a hedgehog is alive (only Suspected) I think that any vitamin you add to your baby's diet will be beneficial. You can add Benebac probiotic powder as a supplement to help him get his tummy balance back also! Carnivore care is what is mainly used for weight gain in hedgehogs its a maroon and silver bag and it is amazing! I'm impressed that your baby is 5 that exceeds the normal 3 to 5 year expectancy! very few hedgehogs make it to 7! I think that you are a great owner! Your vet is doing a great job but may not know as much about the most up to date studies and findings on WHS. Oftentimes it is more likely cancer or tumors in the brain. Our environment continually exposes us to carcinogens at every turn. Imagine how quickly the exposure effects small animals. Also if your baby gets cold under 75 degrees they can begin to wobble just due to sensitivity older hogs have. I hope that whatever is going on your baby bulks back up. Also, I have a friend who had an older hog that started losing weight and dragging his back legs in older age. Her vet said it was like the brain no longer made the connection. I do not know if she had him necropsied or not. I'm sure she'd be happy to discuss what she did to help Kenny live out his final years. here is her contact: Columbia Basin Hedgehogs
 
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