Hedgehog Care Rescue Sanctuary Hedgehog First Aid

First Aid

Lincolnshire's famous little hedgehog hospital

Elaine started Hedgehog Care in 1980
Apart from her pension, Elaine relies entirely on donations
It costs around 40p per day to feed a hedgehog
There can be up to 200+ hedgehogs to feed a day
Elaine spends about £300 a month on vet bills
Hedgehogs are now an endangered species
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First Aid for Hedgehogs

  • Place the hedgehog gently into a high sided box using gloves or a towel if you are deterred by the prickles.
  • A hot water bottle wrapped in a towel will provide life saving warmth whether he is suffering from hypothermia or shock – but leave room for him to move off the hot water bottle if he feels too warm.  He must have direct heat, a radiator just isn’t sufficient.
  • Check very carefully that flies (blue bottles) haven’t already laid their deadly eggs in his ears, eyes, mouth, bottom, armpits or anywhere amongst the fur on his face or tummy.  These eggs will quickly develop into maggots that will eat the hedgehog alive.  Artists’ paint brush, tweezers, cotton buds, nit comb and magnifying glass are all useful aids for the meticulous removal of eggs or maggots.
  • Never use dog flea spray on hedgehogs – it is lethal.  Johnson’s Rid Mite or Johnson’s Cat Flea Powder (from pet shops) is best.
  • Offer cat/dog food, see the Feeding Hedgehogs page.  DO NOT feed pork and DO NOT feed bread and milk.
  • Lectade (from the vet) can be dripped from a dropper or syringe if the patient is too young or weak to eat meat.
  • Further persuasion to swallow can be given by tickling his pallet with a soft paintbrush dipped in Abidec (from the chemist).
  • The hedgehog must be kept warm at all times
  • Cover him with something woolly, protect him from flies, stress, noise, light children and pets.
  • Inspections may also reveal bean-like nodules, which are ticks.  Careless removal can leave the head in the skin to cause an abscess so paint the parasite with vegetable/cooking oil to suffocate and release its grip.
  • Constant warmth is essential for his survival.
  • Please also read the Hedgehog hibernation page.

Further information and advice is available on request. If in doubt please telephone Hedgehog Care or a local vet.

Hedgehog First Aid Kit

If you want to be prepared to save a hedgehog in case you find one in need of care then keep a stock of the following:

  • High sided box
  • Hot water bottle
  • Towels
  • Woolly clothing/blanket
  • Artists’ paint brush
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton buds
  • Nit comb
  • Magnifying glass
  • Johnson’s Rid Mite
  • Johnson’s Cat Flea Powder
  • Lectade
  • Dropper
  • Syringe
  • Abidec
  • Espilac

Further information and advice is available on request. If in doubt please telephone Hedgehog Care or a local vet.

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We Can No Longer Accept Visitors

As of April 2021 Hedgehog Care is no longer a visitors attraction so please do not call by.

With old age, family illness and Covid threat, we are always open for Hedgehog patients and casualties but sadly no longer for showing visitors round.

Hoping you will understand and continue support.
Love Elaine and Hedgehogs.

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01507 450221

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