Act Quickly to Avoid Hedgehog Death
We have had a number of calls recently from people who have seen hedgehogs out during the day and just because they don't look injured the people have either ignored them or taken them in and put them in a box and fed and given them water and on occasions over handled them and treated them like domestic pets and tried to take care of them without seeking specialist advice. All of this often with the best intention but completely the wrong thing to do.
We cannot stress enough how absolutely crucial it is that if you see a hedgehog (large or small) out during the daylight it needs URGENT attention. Even if the hedgehog doesn't appear to be injured it could be and it is likely to have internal parasite infestations and can die very quickly without specialist examination and treatment. Unfortunately some vets are not fully aware of this as they rarely treat hedgehogs and so where possible contact your nearest hedgehog rescue but if you cannot find one then please use your local vet. As a member of the public you should not be charged as they are wild animals. The British Hedgehog Preservation society have a list of hedgehog rescues in your area and they can be contacted on 01584 890801.
the key message is - ACT QUICKLY TO SAVE A LIFE
Crenosoma striatum (lungworm) and Capillaria aerophila (lung
threadworm) cause wheezing, coughing, gurgling, snuffling,
respiratory distress and loss of appetite and weight. Frequently
linked to secondary bacterial infection and profuse mucus secretion
in airways, dead worms, eggs and larvae must be coughed up or they
will block the airways and may cause death. Crenosoma striatum is
reported to be a major cause of mortality in Europe.