|All hedgehogs admitted to Wildlives, whatever
may be wrong with them, are given a routine course of treatment, lasting for
over three weeks, so as to cover all the likely causes of illness. They are put
on a course of antibiotics, and treated for lung worm and other parasites.
|Hedgehogs are cared for in the Wildlives
hospital for the duration of this treatment, and will be kept for longer in
some circumstances - for example if they have injuries that need longer to
heal, or if they are orphans or seriously underweight. During the winter,
underweight hedgehogs may be fostered out to members of the public, once they
have undergone the complete course of treatment.
food shown right is a mixture of AD and special formulae milk substitute -
IT DOES NOT CONTAIN COW'S MILK
||Hedgehog bedding at Wildlives consists of thick
newspaper and a large heap of shredded paper for them to nest in. As hedgehogs
are so grubby - and as we have so many - we go through piles of newspaper and
bags of shredded paper everyday. Usually in the winter, we have a paper crisis
of some kind.
|If you shred your scrap paper, or if you get a
newspaper regularly, we would be most grateful for any donations.
|Rehabilitation for hedgehogs is minimal - for
they rarely become 'tame'. Please note, in this regard, that hedgehogs do not
make good pets. Indeed, in the UK it is illegal to keep hedgehogs as pets.