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PostSubject: How to tell if a hedgehog is underweight or needs help   Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:08 am

When turned onto its back, a healthy hedgehog of the correct weight for its size should be almost round. The distance between head & tail & the side to side distance should be nearly equal.

If the head to tail is much longer than side to side, then it is very underweight & thin.

Another sign of problems is if when lying on its back, the tail end tapers to a V or is much thinner than the head end.

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This shows a healthy hedgehog of the correct weight

the distance between head & tail (A) is approximately the same as the side to side distance (B )

He looks plump and round like a ball
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PostSubject: Re: How to tell if a hedgehog is underweight or needs help   Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:09 am

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This is a seriously underweight hedgehog needing urgent help and taking into care immediately

A is much longer than B

Also note the way the head is much fatter than the tail

In real life when the spines don't bristle up, the difference is even more pronounced and easier to see


From about middle of October until the spring) ANY hedgehog weighing less than about 600g should be picked up and help and advice got from a local rescue centre or hedgehog carer. This applies even if it looks round and healthy like the first picture

This information has been based on the research carried out by Dr Toni Bunnell
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