Q. Scratched herself and cut behind her ear

Dec 13, 2022

Not red and inflamed, she is okay if I touch it with a paper towel to clean it. Some Pus

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Thank you for using our service. It's important to keep an eye on your hedgehog's health and make sure any scratches or cuts are treated promptly. If the scratch is not red or inflamed and your hedgehog seems to be okay when you touch it with a paper towel, it's likely that the scratch is not serious. However, it's important to clean the wound and make sure it doesn't become infected.

To clean the wound, you can use a gentle, non-irritating antiseptic solution such as dilute Betadine or chlorhexidine. Apply the solution to a clean cloth or cotton swab and gently clean the wound, taking care not to rub or irritate the skin. Once the wound is clean, apply a small amount of triple antibiotic ointment to the area to help prevent infection.

If the wound does not seem to be healing or if your hedgehog is showing other signs of illness, such as loss of appetite or lethargy, it's important to take her to a veterinarian for further evaluation. Your veterinarian can provide more detailed advice and treatment for your hedgehog's specific needs.

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