Norwich Hedgehog Rescue

Help Hedgehogs

In an emergency

If you find a hedgehog in danger or distress
FIRST secure the hedgehog so it can't run off, using something like an upturned box or bucket or wrap the hedgehog in a towel. THEN contact us straight away if you need help with a sick, injured or orphaned hedgehog. Prompt action can save lives
It is essential, if you find a hedgehog that has been injured or appears unwell, to pick it up using gloves, towel or something similar and place it securely in a deep cardboard box or pet carrier, lined with newspaper and an old towel, then get it to someone who can help, immediately, a rescue centre or a vet. You could also add a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel, (or any plastic bottle filled with warm water)to help keep the hedgehog warm and treat against shock.
Never try to force feed a hedgehog and don't put down food or water for any hedgehog until it is active.
  1. Hibernation
    Hibernation
    Hedgehogs don't have to hibernate. Providing there is a food source they will sometimes struggle through. However, summertime babies are at risk if they do go into hibernation as they don't have enough body fat to see them through. If you see a hedgehog scuttling about during autumn and winter that's fine , but please think, if curled up is he the size of a grapefruit or larger? If not, please bring him indoors and weigh him. If less than 500 grams at this time, please contact a rescue centre for advice as it might be you can help him gain extra weight before the frosts kill the bugs and beasties.
  2. Signs to look out for
    Signs to look out for
    This is evidence of having a hedgehog in your garden. Food is never eaten with a clean bowl, always crumbs left as hedgehogs won't lick the bowl. Also the mud on the side shows he has been digging for food before he reached the bowl .
  3. Feeding
    Feeding
    Hedgehogs will eat at least 100 invertebrates, such as snails, slugs and worms every night. If you want to put out supplementary food you can buy specially made dried food for hedgehogs or you can feed them dog or cat meat – any flavour except fish. Do not give hedgehogs milk but ensure that there is water in your garden, not just for hedgehogs but for all animals.Hedgehogs should never be fed bread & milk Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant, so the milk will cause diarrhea and more problems and bread is no good whatsoever for a carnivorous animal, that, in the wild lives on a diet of beetles, earthworms and other invertebrates. A few spoonfuls of moist dog food or non fish cat food, in a small bowl, would be much better as a temporary arrangement for a poorly hedgehog, together with a very small bowl of fresh water, if for any reason you have to keep it overnight until you can get it to a rescue.
  4. Dangers
    Dangers
    Hedgehogs can get into all sorts of problems and life threatening situations, including road accidents, getting trapped in netting, falling down drains or into ponds, attacks by dogs, wild animals & even humans!Some can receive horrific injuries from grass strimmers or be burnt in bonfires or by chemicals, poisoned by slug pellets, anti-freeze or other substances.They can also struggle to find food & water during periods of extreme cold or dry weather, leading to dehydration, starvation & eventually death.or may suffer from parasitic problems such as mange, ringworm, TB, lungworm or flystrike, that will also claim their lives if left untreated