MAY 31, 2019 / SUMMER
OUTDOOR FUN FOR HEDGEHOGS
With summer weather being just around the corner, we're often asked about bringing hedgehogs outdoors. As long as you take certain precautions, it can be a great experience for your pet hedgehog.
You will want to make sure the weather is suitable and that your hedgehog is not exposed to direct sunlight or high temperatures for an extended period. We recommend a minimum outdoor temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. As a best practice, you should keep your hedgehog protected in an enclosed area such as a fenced in yard, where you can monitor him/her at all times. It's important to make sure there is no place to burrow or any potential escape routes.
Hedgehogs can pick up parasites, pathogens or toxins from things in their environment. It's important to make sure that any grass they play in not be treated with any chemicals. Backyard insects may be a tasty treat for your hedgehog, but you must make sure the bugs have not been exposed to any insecticides.
It's a good idea to have your veterinarian check a fecal sample for parasites at the end of the summer if your hedgehog has played outdoors. Parasites are easily treated, so they are not a huge concern.
Hedgehogs are excellent swimmers, but it is never a good idea for them to swim in a pool or pond.