Hamworthy Hedgehog Rescue

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Elderly hog

This elderly female hog, weighing 686g, came in to us earlier today after being seen out in the middle of the day ferreting around the base of a bird table. She was very wobbly and moving slowly.

We could tell she was elderly from her colouring and the state of her teeth, which were absolutely covered in plaque and had caused her mouth and lips to be very sore.
I did a bit of a dental job on her and removed some very large bits of plaque, so she may be able to eat properly now. We’ll see what our vet says about having a full dental scale and polish done.

Her claws were also very long, so we have trimmed them too.

In the mean time, she has been given subcutaneous fluids and is warming up in one of our ICU’s.

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