Atlantis Hedgehogs’ Health Guarantee

Atlantis Hedgehogs guarantees that any hedgehog acquired from us is, to the best of our knowledge, free of disease.

Health guarantee:

30 Day health warranty against illness or disease

Congenital health issues until 6 months of age

Free of cancer until first birthday

Lifetime guarantee against Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome (WHS)

Negligence, injury, or illness due to improper care are not covered. Failure to provide the hedgehog with proper, safe cage, and keep at a temperature of 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit is considered neglect.

In the event that we need to honor the warranty, we will replace your hedgehog with another baby when we have one available. In some cases, the adoption fee/purchase price could be refunded instead of replacing the hedgehog.

In order to honor our warranty, we will need documented proof from your veterinarian stating that the illness or deformity was congenital, “present at birth” or proof of biopsy stating that a tumor is cancerous. A necropsy report is required for WHS from a laboratory able to identify this disease. We must be notified immediately of the diagnosis and receive a copy of the necropsy. Atlantis owner is not responsible for any veterinary expenses incurred by the hedgehog’s new owner.

A word about WHS: this is a slow onset disease that usually presents at a young age, about 18 months, starting with inability to raise hood over eyes and weakness in back legs which leads to total paralysis in about nine months. There are many reasons why a hedgehog might appear or become wobbly that is not WHS, such as other primary brain or spinal cord disease, vestibular (inner ear) problems, stroke, trauma, malnutrition, tumors, toxins, or hypothermia. WHS can only be diagnosed post mortem (after death), which is why a necropsy must be performed to identify characteristic histopathology of vacuolization of the white matter of the brain and spinal cord and associated neurogenic muscle atrophy. There is no inflammation of the central nervous system associated with WHS.

Atlantis has never produced a hedgehog with Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome, but considering that it is reported that 10% of the hedgehog population in the United States develops this syndrome, it would not be impossible as the actual cause of the syndrome is not yet clear. We do add unrelated males to our little herd so that we are never inbreeding.