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Hedgehogs and fleas

Home Forums Carers / rescuing a hedgehog Hedgehogs and fleas

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    I’ve recently started watching my hedgehog box on the night-vision camera in the garden, and noted that he/she scratches frequently. I’m well aware that hedgehogs have fleas, but it seems a bit excessive. Is frequent scratching normal?

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    Hi Herper

    It sounds as if you already know that hogs often scratch. It’s a bit difficult guess from the Forum exactly how much you mean when you say excessive. I think the best thing to do is to find the details of your local hog carer/rehabilitator and you can describe to them more precisely what is happening. You can find your nearest ones from BHPS 01584 890801

    Good luck.


    As Nic says, get your local rescue, or vet if they are still open, to check it over.

    It may not be fleas, we rarely see hogs with fleas where we are, but it could be ticks, ringworm, mites, all of which need to be seen to before the hog scratches itself raw causing infections.

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