Strimmer Wound Hedgehog
In the afternoon of Saturday 24th 2020 (May Bank Holiday) I received a hedgehog that had been badly injured by a strimmer across the top of his neck. The people who brought him to me had been out for a walk and had found him lying on the path, had they not brought him he would have died because he was severely shocked and cold. The wound was nasty, covered in dried blood. Our vet's practice was closed so I had to treat him myself, first he had some pain relief and fluids to rehydrate him then I set about cleaning the wound carefully. I removed a couple of broken prickles that were in the wound, sprayed it with some wound spray and then applied Hydrogel to keep the wound moist. The hedgehog was in a shocked state so I placed him on a heat pad.
In the morning he was looking a bit brighter and had eaten some food. The wound showed two clear patches of infection, which was then flushed with warm sterile water followed by an application of Manuka honey. The honey works well in drawing out the infection. During the week the hedgehog had pain relief each morning and an antibiotic on his food at night. The wound was also checked daily and treated if necessary. His appetite picked up and the wound gradually began to close. I emailed my vet to tell her my course of treatment with which she concurred.
Several weeks later the hedgehog was released in a much safer location.