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Old 11-04-2011, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My hedge hog lily is over a year old and just today started losing a lot of quills. I am not sure if this us just because I gave her a bath and cleaned all of her stuff. I scrubbed her a little rough when bathing get, she had caked on crap in her quills I have no idea how. I'm really worried something is wrong. I did feed her two or three grapes over the past two days. I know I'm not stored to do that now but I'm really worried about her. She hasn't lost her appetite or anything. I just nee to know if this is something I should go to the vet for as soon as possible or if I can wait for an appointment. Any help or suggestions on what to look for to make sure she is okay. I don't think she has mites or anything like that.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh, please stop feeding her grapes right away. There's a post about toxic items for hedgies and grapes are toxic. As far as the quills go, it could be a number of things. Are there any bald spots? Some hedgies have had problems with bacterial, fungal and yeast infections, which has caused quill loss. I think you can wait for an appointment, but make it soon. But, if she's acting weird or sickly, it could be from the grapes (or another cause). In that case, I'd get her to the vet right away. But just for quill loss, it can't wait until tomorrow.

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Old 11-04-2011, 11:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yeah I know not to feed them to her now. And I will look out for worsening signs. I was thinking it might be due to stress or something but I will get her an appointment as soon as I can just to be sure. Last thing I want is anything to happen to her or her to get really sick.
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