Hedgehog Health Quiz

Test your knowledge about hedgehog health with this quiz inspired by the hedgehog health article in Critters USA 2011.

Keep track of your answers on a piece of paper, then click the link at the bottom to see the answers. Good luck!

1. You love to give your hedgehog treats, but now you notice it has a double chin and fatty armpits and is unable to curl into a ball. Do you …
a. Put it on a crash diet.
b. Feed it a vegetarian diet.
c. Reduce its food intake gradually, weigh it weekly and limit its treats until it reaches it ideal weight.
d. Keep feeding it lots of treats in addition to its regular meals.

2. Your hedgehog is a picky eater and prefers to eat only crickets and mealworms. Do you …
a. Feed it all the insects it can eat.
b. Offer it a wide variety of healthy foods in a balanced diet.
c. Give it a different food dish.
d. Add vitamins to its food.

3. Your hedgehog keeps dropping food from its mouth. Upon closer inspection you notice that its mouth has a bad odor, it is drooling, and its gums are red and swollen. Do you …
a. Try to brush your hedgehog’s teeth.
b. Feed your hedgehog a hard, dry, crunchy diet.
c. Do nothing, and wait for the problem to go away.
d. Call your veterinarian right away to have your pet checked for possible dental and gum disease.

4. You notice a suspicious lump on your hedgehog’s body. Do you …
a. Ignore the lump if it doesn’t seem painful.
b. Put ointment on it. 
c. Give your hedgehog a bath.
d. Make an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure your hedgehog doesn’t have cancer.

5. Your hedgehog is losing a lot of its quills. It also has a lot of dandruff and frequently shakes its head and scratches its ears. The edges of its ears are crusty. It’s likely that your hedgehog has mites. Do you …
a. Bathe your hedgehog in a flea and tick shampoo manufactured for dogs and cats.
b. Feed your hedgehog Brewer’s yeast. 
c. Contact your veterinarian for a skin scraping, diagnosis and treatment.
d. Spray citronella on its ears.

6. Your hedgehog is lethargic and has diarrhea. It is not eating or drinking and appears to be losing weight. Do you …
a. Put its enclosure in a quiet, protected area.
b. Encourage eating and drinking.
c. Contact your veterinarian immediately.
d. All of the above.

7. Your housekeeper turned the heat off when she left your house. You come back from work and find that your home is very cold. Your hedgehog is lethargic and non-responsive to handling. Do you …
a. Gradually warm up your hedgehog in a warm blanket, held close to your body for heat.
b. Turn the heat in your home back to a comfortable range.
c. Closely monitor your hedgehog to make sure it does not go into torpor, and prevent it from hibernating because hibernating is not safe for pet hedgehogs.
d. All of the above. 

8. You recently adopted a pet hedgehog. This morning you have a big and unexpected surprise — your hedgehog had a litter of baby hedgies! Do you …
a. Try not to disturb the mother and her babies.
b. Give the new mother as much food and water as she needs to consume.
c. Make sure the mother hedgehog has lots of hiding places and that her enclosure is in a quiet, protected place.
d. All of the above. 

9. Your hedgehog is curious about your leather purse. After licking it, your hedgehog starts to froth at the mouth. It then spreads the frothy saliva over its quills with its long tongue. Do you …
a. Take your hedgehog to the veterinarian to have it examined for sudden illness.
b. Call the health authorities, because you suspect your hedgehog might have rabies.
c. Avoid handling your hedgehog for a week.
d. Do nothing, because “anting” (“self-anointing”) is normal hedgehog behavior.

10. Your hedgehog’s eyes are not bright and clear as they usually are. Instead, its eyes are partially closed and have a discharge. Do you …
a. Place your hedgehog’s enclosure in a quiet, safe place with subdued lighting.
b. Gently clean the discharge from the corner of your pet’s eyes using a soft cloth and gentle eye wash.
c. Call your veterinarian right away if your hedgehog’s eyes do not improve.
d. All of the above. 

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