LEARNING ABOUT WOBBLY HEDGEHOG SYNDROME
WHS is a terrible disease that can occur in African pygmy hedgehogs. It is believed to be genetic but the cause is unknown. WHS is progressive, degenerative and neurological. Unfortunately there is no known cure for WHS.
The disease is similar to multiple sclerosis (MS) in humans. Most cases occur in hedgehogs between the ages 18-24 months, but is known to happen at earlier and later ages as well. Hedgehogs will experience weight loss and eventually become completely paralyzed. Paralysis usually starts in the hind legs. Hedgehogs must have a necropsy (animal autopsy), to look for lesions on the brain for an accurate diagnosis of WHS.
This is why it's so important to buy from a reputable breeder that considers the linage of each hedgehog that is bred. By selectively breeding hedgehogs that do not have known cases of WHS in their pedigree, it can help keep WHS from showing up in future babies. Unfortunately no breeder is immune from WHS, but its important to keep track of linage and any cases of WHS that may pop up. Luckily PPH has yet to see a case of WHS in any of our hedgehogs or babies!