African Pygmy Hedgehog – Most Common Diseases

The African pygmy hedgehog , also known as hedgehog , is the variety of this species that has gained more popularity in recent years as a pet due to its small size and its attractive appearance. These small mammals have nocturnal habits and are able to travel great distances in relation to their small size, every day, so they must have room to exercise.

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Although it is relatively easy to care for these animals, they are very vulnerable to contracting diseases just like all other animals. For this reason, YourCatCareguide wrote this article on the most common diseases of the African pygmy hedgehog .

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Dry skin

Skin problems are very common in hedgehogs. There may be a drop of some spines, scaling, areas of redness and crusting of the ears and hardening of the skin in this area.

Existem várias causas, desde a presença de parasitas na pele até problemas nutricionais. Para combater esta situação é necessário ir ao veterinário e descobrir qual é a origem do problema. É possível que ele recomende algum tratamento oral ou até a hidratação das zonas afetadas com alguns óleos naturais ou pomadas.

Fungi and parasites

As with cats and dogs, the hedgehog hosts several ticks, mites and fungi on its skin. As we know, ticks feed on the blood of animals and can cause anemia in their pygmy hedgehog, as well as transmitting other diseases to the pet.

Mites can cause scabies, which causes prickles to fall, pruritus and blackheads that can be seen on the skin. In addition, they make nests on furniture and cushions, infecting the whole house. Fungi can be dangerous if the hedgehog is sick and weak and propagates easily.

Your veterinarian will tell you which topical or other topical treatments you would like to put an end to these annoying invaders, as well as the steps to follow to sanitize your home. It is recommended that you thoroughly clean the hedgehog cage, eaters, beds, and toys.

Diarrhea and intestinal constipation

These are the most common gastrointestinal problems of this small mammal. Diarrhea is usually caused by a sudden change in food or lack of water, whereas intestinal constipation is often caused by stress, and may be deadly in younger hatchlings if not detected early.

If you notice any change in the defecation of your hedgehog, you should consult a specialist quickly. Never suddenly change the food of your hedgehog, it must be accustomed from small to a varied diet and you must change the water every day. Avoid situations that make you nervous , such as manipulating it too much or exposing it to loud noises. It is very important to always have the basic care that allows your animal to live happy and healthy!

Fungi and parasites

As with cats and dogs, the hedgehog hosts several ticks, mites and fungi on its skin. As we know, ticks feed on the blood of animals and can cause anemia in their pygmy hedgehog, as well as transmitting other diseases to the pet.

Mites can cause scabies, which causes prickles to fall, pruritus and blackheads that can be seen on the skin. In addition, they make nests on furniture and cushions, infecting the whole house. Fungi can be dangerous if the hedgehog is sick and weak and propagates easily.

Your veterinarian will tell you which topical or other topical treatments you would like to put an end to these annoying invaders, as well as the steps to follow to sanitize your home. It is recommended that you thoroughly clean the hedgehog cage, eaters, beds, and toys.

Diarrhea and intestinal constipation

These are the most common gastrointestinal problems of this small mammal. Diarrhea is usually caused by a sudden change in food or lack of water, whereas intestinal constipation is often caused by stress, and may be deadly in younger hatchlings if not detected early.

If you notice any change in the defecation of your hedgehog, you should consult a specialist quickly. Never suddenly change the food of your hedgehog, it must be accustomed from small to a varied diet and you must change the water every day. Avoid situations that make you nervous , such as manipulating it too much or exposing it to loud noises. It is very important to always have the basic care that allows your animal to live happy and healthy!

Dental Problems

The dental health of the hedgehog is crucial not only to avoid the discomfort of the animal, but also because dental problems can bring other problems, such as anorexia and its consequences.

A healthy mouth translates into a pink gum and white teeth, and any other tint is a sign of a possible problem. The periodontitis is the most common disease, which can cause tooth decay.

The best way to avoid problems like this is to take care of your hedgehog’s food. An ideal food, which maintains the good state of the denture and the general health of your animal, should be varied, including raw and soft food with dry foods. Even so, watch for no debris between your teeth and consult your veterinarian to check the possibility of implementing a routine to brush your teeth if he deems it necessary.

This article is purely informative, in YourCatCareguide.com.br we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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Emily Harris
 

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