If you are considering taking your hedgehog to the swimming pool, then you should be aware of one condition that can occur in hedgehogs. Swimmer’s itch is a skin infection caused by waterborne parasites and transmitted through contact with infected water or wet objects.

If your hedgie scratches themselves after coming into contact with water, this could be an indication of a swimmer’s itch. Swimmer’s itch is caused by a parasite that lives in water. The more time spent in the pool, the more likely your hedgie will get infected.

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Itching can occur immediately or up to three weeks after contact with contaminated water. Your hedgehog may also start scratching themselves excessively and have bumps on their skin as well.

If you notice any of these signs it might be necessary to have them treated at an animal hospital for swimmer’s itch if they do not improve within one week.

Keep your hedgies away from swimming pools even if there are no other pets around so they don’t contract this condition which has been known to affect humans too! 

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