A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
Ever wonder what its like to share your world with a bunch of crazy critters? Tune in to find out!

Monday, April 25, 2011


Oh - my poor little hedgehog - he got into something that made his skin angry and red.  Not sure exactly what it was but I am thinking it was something from his latest bath.  I noticed the redness yesterday morning and decided he needed to be seen by the vet today.  Thankfully they could get me in!  Love them!

So - off we went to get checked out.  Nigel was a good boy - no rolling up in a ball and pretty cooperative about being "inspected".  Our vet thought it looked more like inflammation and not like infection or mites.  He gave Nigel a shot of Dexamethosone.  Nigel was very brave about getting his shot - and the stuff works like magic.  You could see a visible difference in his skin color by the time we got home and had an oatmeal bath. 

Now the little critter is sleeping on the bed - wrapped in a big fluffy towel with the heater blowing on him.  He is curled up with Phoebe who is enjoying the heater as well....ah the life of a hedgehog.  We have a load of hedgie laundry going - thought it would be safe to give everything in his cage a run through the washer or a swipe with the disinfecting wipe just to be safe. 

So thankful that  its nothing serious and that he already seems to be doing better....Thanks Dr M!

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