Brambles Promotes Healthy Eating For Wildlife

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Brambles promotes healthy eating for wildlife
9th October 2018

By Karen Pickwick

Brambles Pet and Wildlife is urging members of the public to use only beneficial foods to feed wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

“Many people are still feeding hedgehogs with inappropriate foods such as mealworms, peanuts and sunflower hearts, which have been linked to metabolic bone disease due to high phosphorus levels and should be avoided,” Brambles managing director and biological scientist Gail Tracey warned.

“Peanuts and seeds can also get lodged in between teeth and cause dental issues, which have been reported at wildlife rescue centres.”

HARM

Gail said it was great that people wanted to help but sometimes they were doing more harm than good.

“A good quality hedgehog food such as Brambles is all that’s required to supplement a hedgehog’s diet, along with fresh water,” she said. “Other foods to avoid feeding hedgehogs are foods with added sugars, honey and dried fruit (which has very high concentrations of sugar) due to dental and cardiovascular issues, and foods with high fat content over 15%, such as suet, which can lead to fatty liver disease.

“Leading wildlife hospitals are trying to educate the public about what to feed and what not to feed hedgehogs, which is great, but we still need to do more to get the message across. It’s brilliant that Brambles products get such good recommendations from wildlife rescues up all over the country.”