Yes. Baby the hedgehog has been diagnosed with Wobbly hedgehog syndrome. (WHS) is a disease found in hedgehogs that is closely related to multiple sclerosis (MS). The disease is prominent in the domesticated hedgehog.
As with MS, WHS slowly degrades the hedgehog's muscle control. This first appears as a wobble while the hedgehog is attempting to stand still. Over time, the hedgehog will lose control of all muscles from the rear of its body to the front.
There is no known cure for WHS. Common treatments for MS have shown similar effects in hedgehogs as they do in humans. This includes a diet high in vitamin E. The vitamin E hides the effects of WHS (and MS), but does not slow the disease. A resistance to vitamin E will form and the effects of the disease will continue.
The cause of WHS (and MS) is unknown. My vet has informed me of several holistic medications and treatments i can try. But now it is just a matter of time. My Baby came to us from a blog reader who could no longer care for her. I have only been with her 1 year..not nearly long enough. If she does not pass here at home with us..I will not let her suffer..I am sorry I cant talk about this anymore, that is the hardest decision i have ever had to face in my life.
Baby has been moved from her cage and placed in a large circular plastic pen, as she loses control of her entire body she will be moved to a bassinet in our bedroom to be hand fed and watered. As long as she is in no pain, I will cater to her every need.
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