A Review of Neoplasia in the Captive African Hedgehog () Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • African hedgehogs are increasingly popular pets: they are easy to care for, interesting, and interactive. Although their expected lifespan is only 1 to 4 years in the wild, sound nutritional advice and high-quality veterinary care have lengthened the captive lifespan of these animals. Unfortunately, multiple reviews document that the geriatric hedgehog, although only 3 to 5 years old, is predisposed to neoplastic disease. This article reviews previously reported neoplasms of the hedgehog by system; 24 additional cases are also described. Typical signalment, clinical signs, and tumor behavior are outlined, and appropriate diagnostics and treatment options are discussed where possible. The intent of this review is to provide the practitioner with a relevant and practical guide to the management of neoplasia in the African hedgehog. Copyright 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine

author list (cited authors)

  • HEATLEY, J., MAULDIN, G., & CHO, D.

citation count

  • 69

complete list of authors

  • HEATLEY, J||MAULDIN, G||CHO, D

publication date

  • July 2005