Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood around the body. The disease weakens the walls of the heart's chambers. People can develop this disease, but surprisingly, so can hedgehogs. Here are four things hedgehog owners need to know about dilated cardiomyopathy.
What are the signs of dilated cardiomyopathy?
Dyspnea (difficulty breathing) is a sign of dilated cardiomyopathy. If your hedgehog is breathing loudly, making rasping or wheezing noises, or breathing with their mouth open, they are having trouble breathing.