ABSTRACT: There are many case studies in the Literature of cats, dogs and horses with subcutaneous emphysema. There is little written information on the treatment of subcutaneous emphysema in hedgehogs. This case study will set out the medical, nutritional and environmental concerns and solutions when a European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) with subcutaneous emphysema was presented to ZSL Wildlife Health Services (WHS), London Zoo. There is a small population of European Hedgehogs in Regent’s Park, London which includes the grounds of London Zoo. Royal Parks monitor this population and ZSL Wildlife Health Services at London Zoo provide medical treatment where needed.


Heather Macintosh BSc (Hons), MSc, CertVNECC, RVN

Heather Macintosh has been a veterinary nurse for 20 years; 14 years have been in a zoo or wildlife rehabilitation setting. Her belief is to treat all animals with equal compassion. E-mail: heathermacintosh@zsl.org

Keywords: European Hedgehog; Erinaceus europaeus; subcutaneous emphysema;
balloon syndrome

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 36 (03) • March 2021 pp91-95

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