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Tick on our hog
We are very new to having hedgehogs only having had our house a week. But we already have a resident one. He/she has slept in it during the day for the last 2 days and wanders round the garden at night. This morning I noticed there’s a tick on our hog. I know with cats you’re not supposed to pull them off. Will it just fall off eventually, or do we need to try and do something?
One tic will not do the hedgehog any harm and will fall off once it has had its fill. But if there are lots, they need to be dealt with. Can get tic removers online or from vets.
The only thing about the tick, is when it drops off, it’s possible it will lay eggs. So if the hog is still in your box at that stage, as soon as the hog moves out (I mean completely moved out, not just out for the night), I would give the box a good clean out with boiling water (don’t use chemicals) so that any parasite eggs are killed. Otherwise the next hog who goes in there might pick up some young ticks. It’s a good idea to also check the feeding box for any young ticks – the tick might drop off in there.
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