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Old 03-03-2009, 05:48 PM Canada
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I'm starting a thread for things that are toxic and dangerous to hedgehogs. Once everyone writes what they want, I'll compile it into a FAQ.

Grapes - are toxic to most small animals including hedgehogs. They cause renal, liver and organ failure.
Raisins - are not only toxic but can get caught in the roofs of their mouths.

Tea Tree oil - this includes, tea tree shampoo, tea trea oil, tea tree sprays and anything tea tree. This can be fatal in as little as one dose or application. It causes renal, liver and complete organ failure.

Avocados - Many people feel avocados are toxic, others feel they are safe. Personally, I would not risk it.

Ivermectin - Injected ivermectin has been the cause of many hedgehog deaths yet it has also been widely used on many hedgehogs with no problem. When a safe alternative is available, Revolution, it is simply not worth the risk to use ivermectin.
Topical and oral ivermectin has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancers.

Nuts & seeds - can get caught in the roofs of their mouth and there is a risk of them digging an eye out will trying to claw out the nut. Nuts are fattening and provide minimal nutritional benefit.

Chocolate

Milk, dairy products - hedgehogs are lactose intolerant and cannot digest dairy. Leads to upset stomach and diarrhea.

Junk food of all types - for the same reasons it is unhealthy for humans

Ethoxyquin
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) -"Toxic" may not be the right word here, but the following artificial preservatives in pet food are suspected to cause serious health issues in animals including cancer, kidney disease, birth defects, liver disease, and so on. Read the labels on the food and avoid them if the products contain any of the followings:

Polysporin and Neosporin Pain Relief or Extra Strength - Regular original Polysporin is safe to use. Any other formulas are toxic.
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Old 03-03-2009, 06:17 PM United States
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Wild caught bugs and insects(may have many diseases or have chemicals on them)

Citrus fruits
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Old 03-04-2009, 12:53 AM Canada
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:14 AM Canada
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Good point Sasha. I guess we really should list items such as this for those who don't understand even though it says on the can "harmful and fatal if swallowed"
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:56 AM Canada
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Raw potatoes (night shade family I believe...though I definitely stand to be corrected...)
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Old 03-05-2009, 09:00 AM
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I have a question, I was told hedgies can't eat potatoes but then I read somewhere that you can feed them mashed potatoes. Anyone have any advice for me on that? I don't have a hedgie yet but any information I can get before hand would be great.
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:37 AM Canada
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This probably falls under the "nuts and seeds" heading, but apple seeds contain a cyanide compound. If you feed your hedgehogs apples or applesauce, be very careful that they do not accidentally consume a seed. In humans, it would take a fair amount of seeds to pose a significant risk, but hedgehogs are much, much smaller.
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How about onions?
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Old 03-11-2009, 10:58 AM
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I have a question, I was told hedgies can't eat potatoes but then I read somewhere that you can feed them mashed potatoes. Anyone have any advice for me on that? I don't have a hedgie yet but any information I can get before hand would be great.
I'd say that goes for raw potato, as it does for most raw vegetables.


Yes Lil_Branchette, onions are considered toxic.
I would add onion powder to the list, too. Also: bread, raw carrots, and celery.
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:01 PM
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Really raw carrots?? Is there a reason raw veggies are worst then cooked? I fed Squee a little bit of yellow pepper last night, he only had a bite - but are those ok? Also cheese. I know their lactose intolerant, but does a bite of cheese hurt?
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