Research into Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome

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Hedgehogs are not native to North America; however, the African Pygmy Hedgehog (APH) is commonly kept as a pet in the USA. Wobbly hedgehog syndrome is a common neurologic disease of captive APHs. The cause is unknown. We have studied this disease in one case submitted to the WSVL. Project partners are Dr. Miller from this Department, and Cailin Deiter a 2019 graduate in microbiology from the University of Wyoming. Cailin presented our preliminary findings from the case we studied at the 2020 American College of Veterinary Pathologists meeting. 



We are now seeking additional necropsy / autopsy cases for further research into the cause of this important disease of hedgehogs. Sample handling after animal death is critical for the studies planned. Please contact Dr. Fox if you have possible cases. Ideally, contact several days before euthanasia is necessary so we can send transport media for optimal preservation. We are also interested in any discarded clinical samples such as blood in red or purple top tubes. Understanding the cause of this disease will enable preventive approaches that will impact hedgehog health and welfare.

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