Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome
Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome (WHS) is closely related to multiple sclerosis (MS). The disease is prominent in the domesticated hedgehog, but not significantly reported in wild hedgehogs. It is considered by many to be hereditary. Therefore, many breeders have attempted to cease breeding any hedgehogs that have WHS or produce other hedgehogs that have WHS.
Symptoms and Treatment
Hedgehogs will show initial signs of losing muscle control by appearing to wobble when they stand. Over time, the loss of muscle control will increase. Eventually, the hedgehog will be unable to stand or move.
There is no known cure for WHS. Common treatments for MS have been tested on WHS and have similar results. A diet high in vitamin E has been shown to hide the effects of WHS. It does not slow the progression of WHS. Therefore, the amount of vitamin E required to continue hiding the effects of WHS must be steadily increased.