Dottie's Little Hog Hospital
Here at Dotties we aim to help sick and injured hedgehogs and to rehabilitate to be released back to their own natural habitat.
If you need to contact us for advice, tips or if you have a hedgehog that needs assistance please contact us via our email , on facebook or call us on 07397 782292.
If you have a genuine emergency with an injured hedgehog, please take it to your local vets (in a secure cardboard box with air holes and hay, an old towel or shredded newspaper).
Hedgehogs out during the day may generally be poorly but please note during the summer months it may be a mummy out feeding to look after her young. Please leave out a bowl of water and some meat cat food (no milk or fish) and we will respond shortly.
A Little Bit of Simple Advice To SHARE & Follow:
DO I NEED TO RESCUE
…Any wild animal rescued when it doesn't need to be rescued can end up with problems kicked off by fear and the stress of being caught. Hedgehogs will appear docile in the hope that you will go away and leave them alone. Please ASK if not sure but secure the animal somewhere quiet and dark whilst you do.
PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ME FOOD IF YOU FIND ME & I AM POORLY
… You can offer a shallow dish of water but giving food to a dehydrated animal may kill it. The body takes all the fluids away from the vital organs to digest the food and the animal collapses.
IF I AM OUT IN THE DAY
… Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals, sleeping during the day and foraging for food late evening and sometimes early mornings too but if they are out during the day there MAY be a problem. If it seems to be going somewhere on its travels, or has a mouthful of leaves etc, it is probably fine. Please be aware that they can also be ‘taking a break’ from their babies of off to get food from their nest. Otherwise a hedgehog found out during daylight should be popped into a box or cage with newspaper or a towel (hot water bottle if cold), put indoors & then call your local rescue for the next step. Please NEVER rescue a hedgehog and keep outside as its imperative to keep them warm.
IF YOU FIND ME SLEEPING IN THE OPEN
Hedgehogs build nests to sleep and hibernate. If you find one lying in your garden, path, street etc assume they are ill and take them to your local rescue immediately.
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