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Can answer care, health, & behavioral questions, as well as basic breeding questions. Can help questioner figure out if a hedgehog is the right pet for them.

Experience in the area

Have had hedgehogs since 2001 - 16 so far. I have no experience with non-weaned babies, and limited experience with breeding and with pregnant hedgehogs. I have had too much experience with WHS (Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome). I would rate myself "expert" at syringe-feeding, and as "advanced" at performing SubQs. Two of my hedgehogs have injured an eye to the point that it had to be surgically removed. I have had a lot of hedgehogs who suffered from cancer, some who had surgery and some who didn't. Some of my quilly kids have had abcessed teeth; one guy lost all of his teeth but one! I have had multiple female hedgehogs who suffered from bleeding, who had to have surgery for uterine cancer, which was in most cases successful. Temperamentally, I have had very timid hedgehogs, persistently grumpy hedgehogs, biting hedgehogs, and very friendly hedgehogs whom I took with me as "ambassadors" for educational presentations.


I am a Certified Judge for the IHA, and run a rescue station for the HWS. My application to be a rescue station for the IHA is pending.


I read everything I can get my hands on. Have read the best of the books, Dawn Wrobel's THE HEDGEHOG and Tig M-Burleson's THE HEDGEHOG PRIMER. I am a member of the International Hedgehog Association (IHA) and Hedgehog Welfare Society (HWS), and have been a member of various online bulletin board groups since 2002.
I have attended many hedgehog shows and have served as a judge in IHA conformation shows.

What do you like about this subject?

I love hedgehogs. There are captivating, fascinating little creatures. I like the fact that many people have heard about hedgehogs and would like to know more, but don't always have the opportunity.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I'd like to do a breeding, once, to experience raising & socializing hoglets. I'd like to give educational presentations on hedgehogs to schools, etc. I'd like to help the hedgehog community make more progress in promoting the health and longevity of pet hedgehogs; I would like to live to see Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome (WHS) eradicated.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Hedgehogs, contrary to statements in some books, have good eyesight (in low light) & hearing, along w/ a keen sense of smell, and they are not always solitary. They are not prey animals (though other animals do prey on them), but are predators w/ binocular vision. They have great emotional intelligence. They are the oldest living mammals in existence and date back to the dinosaurs.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

The question of how to reverse genetic defects and illnesses that appear to have developed through breeding from a too-small pool.

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Recent Answers from Laurel Sedgwick

2017-01-17 Hedgehog cages:

Hi, Martin:    The cages in the images at the site you quoted would not be suitable for hedgehogs.  The width between the bottom bars is too great; hedgehogs could get their feet caught.  Hedgehogs are

2016-04-16 Hedgehog has a swollen penis?:

Hi, Kathryn:    That vet should be ashamed of herself!  There are quite a few things you can check on that donít require specialized hedgehog training.    One of the things most likely to cause the penis

2016-03-26 Hedgehog Scratching Itself:

Hi, Lesly:    I'm sorry your little one is having problems with itching/scratching herself.    By far the most obvious cause for this would be mites.  You need to take her to a vet.  If she has mites,

2016-02-04 Sick Hedgehog:

Hi, Brianna:    So sorry that your little guy isn't feeling well.  Also, I apologize for having responded so belatedly. I have no special excuse, because I'm busy most of the time.    Green poop can sometimes

2015-09-03 male hedgehog discharge question:

Hi, Caitlin:    I'm not a vet and that would be the place to go if you grow more concerned. But based on what you say, I would not expect your guy to be having trouble with his penis.  The brown stuff


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