These nocturnal cuties can make wonderful pets for those that want a low maintenance yet social companion. Annual wellness exams are recommended to ensure these little critters do not have any subclinical signs of illness. To facilitate a complete physical exam it is sometimes necessary to use a light gas anesthesia if they are feeling shy.
We are then able to thoroughly examine their entire body without them curling up into a prickly ball! Some common abnormalities of hedgehogs that may be detected during the physical exam include ear infections, dental disease, abdominal masses and skin diseases. Medical and surgical options are available for hedgehogs, just as they are for cats and dogs!