In an emergency when the hedgehog requires immediate medical attention call Snuffles Hedgehog Rescue on 07889 770958 or if Claire isn’t available call Ashwood Veterinary Clinic Four Oak on 0121 308 1128.
IF A HEDGEHOG IS OUT DURING THE DAY AND LOOKS WELL IT COULD BE VERY SICK AND MUST NOT BE CARED FOR IN YOUR HOME. HEDGEHOGS CAN DIE VERY QUICKLY WITHOUT SPECIALIST TREATMENT.
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE EMERGENCY MESSAGES ON FACEBOOK
The vet practice details are
Ashwood Veterinary Clinic, 448 Lichfield Road, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield B74 4EP Tel 0121 308 1128 opening times Monday to Friday 8.00am – 6.30pm, Saturday 8.30am to 5.00pm If the vet is closed NEVER leave an unattended hedgehog on their doorstep. Out of hours call Claire on 07806 744772 and wait for her to return your call.
"Sick hedgehogs can die very quickly without the correct treatment and the sooner they get help the better."
Not all hedgehogs you see will be sick or injured and require specialist care but these are the main situations where you will need to take action to save the hedgehogs life:
- If you hear a hedgehog squealing or screaming it is in agony and needs immediate pain relief
- if a hedgehog is injured or bleeding, gasping for breath, caught in netting or trap
- if the hedgehog looks wobbly or drunk when it walks it is ill or dehydrated
- if it looks as though it is covered in flies or maggots
- if it appears to be having a seizure
- if the hedgehog appears to be sleeping or sunbathing during the day
Follow the instructions below and call us for advice on what to do next.
- Pick it up using an old towel or gloves to avoid getting spiked
- place the hedgehog inside a high sided box (at least 18 inches high) lined with newspaper
- put the towel over it to keep it warm as injured hedgehogs are often shocked and cold
- it is vital to keep the hedgehog warm and so, if possible, place a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel inside the box
- offer a shallow dish of water but do not feed until you have taken advice
- phone your local hedgehog rescue or your vet for advice
We always aim to release hedgehogs once well back to where they were found if it is safe to do so.
Hedgehogs are quite complex and often require specialist care. We wouldn't advise that you care for it yourself.
What to do if you find a nest.
Hedgehog nests are often disturbed in the spring once the gardener starts to get busy.
See also our if you find a nest page.
If you should accidentally disturb a nest in your garden with baby hedgehogs in it, carefully replace the nesting material wearing gardening gloves so as not to leave your scent on it. Try and leave the nest in the same condition you found it
When a nest has been disturbed the mother may abandon her babies, kill them or sometimes she will move them to another nest site.
If you think the babies have been abandoned or if they are in immediate danger, please ring your local hedgehog rescue or vet for advice and put the babies somewhere warm and quiet.
See our when to rescue page for more information on baby hedgehogs and what to do if you think the nest has been abandoned by the mother.