hi,im really excited to get my fist hedgehog but i’ve heard that you shouldn’t buy them from pet stores,but this pet store specializes in Exotic Pets.What are some of the risks?
The reason that it’s better to buy from a reputable breeder than a pet store is that the breeder will usually make sure there’s no wobbly hedgehog syndrome for at least three generations, lowering the chance of your hedgehog developing it.
It sounds like a funny disease, but it’s not. I have a rescued hedgehog who has it. She’s at the point now where her back legs don’t work at all. She drags herself around the cage on her side, and has to be propped up to eat. She goes to the bathroom on herself because she can’t help it. Sometimes she’ll quit eating and has to be fed with a syringe for a few weeks until she’ll start eating again. I’ll probably have to have her put down at some point, but for now she still seems to enjoy some things…snuggling with her cage buddy, going outside, and eating new things…and I have the free time available to care for her.