Tarring in hedgehogs

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Summary Information
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Alternative Names Tar contamination
Disease Agents Tar
Infectious Agent(s) --
Non-infectious Agent(s)
Physical Agent(s) --
General Description
  • Hedgehogs may be found with tar stuck to them, e.g. to the feet. (B259.w10)
Further Information
  • Tarring may occur after a hedgehog walks through a heap of wet tar. (B259.w10)
  • There is the possibility that tarring may cause burns (see: Burns). (B259.w10)


  • Tar has been removed successfully from the feet of a hedgehog using Swarfega (Polycell Products Ltd.), followed by rinsing in warm soapy water. (B259.w10, B151)
Techniques linked to this disease
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Host taxa groups /species

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