What to do if a hedgehog has fleas?
There is hardly a hedgehog that does not suffer from external parasites. Therefore the question arises, what to do if a hedgehog has fleas. Both at the vet and in hedgehog sanctuaries you very often get the same answer.
- What to do if a hedgehog has fleas?
Safely remove fleas and ticks from hedgehogs
If you find a hedgehog that has fleas, then you can help him without having to go to the vet with him. The flea removal Frontline spray has proven itself. You can get this as a normal pump spray as well as in small bottles in the pharmacy. If several hedgehogs in your environment are infested with fleas, then you can buy a larger spray bottle. This is usually cheaper. In addition to pharmacies, you can also get the product at the vet or in almost every online pharmacy, where it is mostly cheaper than in the stationary alternatives.
Can you treat all hedgehogs with Frontline?
You can use Frontline on a young and stable hedgehog. As a rule, 2 pumps on the back are enough. Never spray the product directly onto the animal's belly. If possible, you should also cover the hedgehog's face before spraying it. Do not get the product in the animal's eyes or respiratory tract. Even if the fleas flee to the hedgehog's head after spraying, they have no chance. Since they have got from the agent, they die sooner or later.
You should not use Frontline on a weakened young hedgehog. The poison in the spray as well as the alcoholic mist are too much for the weakened animal and it will surely die. You can leave the fleas on the little hedgehog and try to pick up the little parasites in intervals of 2 to 3 days.
For an adult and healthy hedgehog, you can apply four sprays to the back and 2 to the belly. Make sure that the spray is finely distributed and does not hit the animal in one stream. Again, make sure nothing gets into the eyes or respiratory tract.
What means you can not use on hedgehog fleas?
If the hedgehog has fleas, then under no circumstances should you use flea powder. If the hedgehog gets this into his respiratory tract, it immediately forms a good breeding ground for fungi. The same applies to the areas between the spines.
You must also not use a spot-on preparation if the hedgehog has fleas. No matter which spot-on you choose, it is a very strong poison. This is usually used on dogs and cats, but they are many times larger than the hedgehog. You can never choose such a small dosage with a spot-on that it would not otherwise harm the hedgehog.
When buying Frontline, make sure they are not trying to sell you the spot-on.
Are fleas dangerous for the hedgehog?
Already on a very young hedgehog can sit up to 1000 fleas. The hedgehog is so heavily burdened by this that he will die as a result of anemia.
How great is the danger to the hedgehog if you escape?
If you don't really know anything about the subject, then you should keep your hands off escaping the hedgehog. If you do something wrong, this can lead to the death of the hedgehog.
Even veterinarians are not always familiar with escaping hedgehogs. Not every medicine is suitable for hedgehogs. Therefore, it is better to contact a hedgehog sanctuary if you find an animal with fleas.
Can the hedgehog's flea pass to other living creatures?
If the hedgehog has fleas, you can assume that the Parasites not only with the hedgehog be satisfied as a host. They pass to both dogs and cats and even to humans if you get too close to the hedgehog with its parasites.
Garden animal - A life with nature
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Born 54 years ago, I have had an insatiable curiosity for the animal world around me since childhood. Although I have moved professionally in other industries, my true passion has always been animals and nature. It is remarkable how a small garden has become such an important part of my life.
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