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For the hospital that thinks
'Outside the Square'
Responsible Homes URGENTLY needed
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Boxer/Ridgeback X. 6 yrs male
I'm a super loyal and loving dog.
I'm off a farm and am very social.
Squirrel spotting was a
weekend pastime for me in
the UK when out for a walk
in the little wooded areas over there.
They are awesome little creatures.
We occasionally had to treat injured
squirrels and I was lucky enough
to orphan raise one which was hazardous to the
fingers as they bite with their long pointed teeth. But
another wild animal that I occasionally had to treat was
Mary Farlie carried the standard
cardboard box in to the clinic in
Essex and with no lid on the top I was
guessing it to be a hedgehog. Sure
enough I peered in to the box and
there hiding in amongst all the paper
was a large male hedgepig (as they
call them). Mary wanted us to do anything we could to
save him so we admitted him and carefully anaethetised
him. Once he was relaxed we could see the problem
which was a broken back leg (plus the standard
gathering of fleas and ticks which we quickly dispensed
with). Next hurdle -- those thick pointy spines. With care
we managed to clear a path to his skin and after some
fiddly surgery put his leg back together with a stainless
steel pin. Five days later and with some antibiotics
to go home with he was back recovering in a special
run at Mary's house. In the UK there are even special
hedgehog rescue centres -- check out Sttiggywinkles.
org.uk. Its an awesome place!
This week at the hospital we have seen several sick
hedgehogs brought in so I thought some info re these
little guys would be helpful.
They are nocturnal and live up to 5
years with an adult weight between
1.5 and 2 kg.
Their name comes from their habit
of snuffling and grunting around in
the bushes looking for food.
Short sharp spines (5000 of them) cover most of their
body and they only have a very short tail. Their diet is
primarily slugs, snails, beetles,
caterpillars and worms.
They are solitary animals and
active at night especially after
rain when all the bugs come
out. Their eyesight is poor and
they rely heavily on a sense of
smell and hearing.
When the ground temperature drops below 10C
they will go in to hibernation deep in bushes or your
compost bin or back shed where their heart rate and
body temperature drops dramatically until the weather
warms again. If they haven't stored enough body
fat prior to the winter they may not last through the
They can have two litters a year with a
pregnancy length of about 35 days.They
are born without spines which emerge
within a few days. When they are 5
weeks old they are fully independent
and leave the nest.
The main threat to their survival is slug bait and of
course cars. They are great pest controllers but if you
want to feed them, here is a tip:
Feed them wet cat or dog food! Not bread and milk! A
lot of mammals become intolerant to milk as adults and
can develop diarrhoea. This applies to cats and dogs
As far as diseases that they carry: They can have a
good population of fleas which we can help you get rid
of. Also they can have a mite that is specific to them
only and sometimes a fungal infection which causes
severe crusting of the skin around the face and ears.
If you see one out during the day, it is likely to be sick
or has been disturbed from its resting place as they
are usually only active at night. Especially in the spring
when they used to wake us up screeching in the bushes
outside our windows during mating season.
If you want some help or find a sick one, then give us a
call at the hospital on 357 9993 till 7pm weeknights and
open Sat & Sunday.
So many colours, shapes and sizes
Come and choose your favourite
Black & White lop rabbit. Adult female
Licensed REAA 2008
236 Broadway Ave
If you're thinking
027 499 3707
We need donations of kitten and puppy food
Huntaway X. 9 mnths
I'm a super energetic girl
that needs a firm active home.
Domestic Shorthair male
5 years. Fresian like markings
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