I was worried when my hedgehog needed surgery.
The exotic vet warned me that small animals don’t always do well under anesthesia.
They’re just too delicate. I decided to go ahead with it anyway. Either the hedgehog would have to have the surgery or she would have to be euthanized. They’re just weren’t any other options. I was happy when she pulled through the anesthesia but I didn’t get to take her home for three more days. Then, as soon as she got home she started acting kind of strange. The normally reclusive hedgehog was laying out flat in her cage as though she was trying to cool herself down. I moved her cage next to the air conditioner vent and then I turned the air conditioner up for her. Somewhere around 68°, the hedgehog finally started looking comfortable again. I had to put on a sweatshirt and I felt kind of strange walking around the house in a sweatshirt in the middle of the summer. I like to keep the thermostat at around 75 degrees and that temperature is usually just fine for me and the hedgehog. That temperature is also good for my electric bill. However, I didn’t mind turning the air conditioner down for a few days so that the hedgehog could feel better. She did get better too. It took almost a month but now she’s completely back to being her normal hedgehog self. You wouldn’t know anything happened at all unless you looked for the scars. My thermostat is back to normal as well; 75 degrees and comfortable.