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Old 01-23-2017, 01:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a male hedgehog named harry who is almost 4 months old. He has been losing a lot of quills which I assume is just quilling, but it looks like he is starting to develop a bald spot or something on his back. is this normal or should I be worried?
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Old 01-23-2017, 02:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You should take Harry to the vet.

If I remember correctly, normal quilling shouldn't leave bald patches like that, amongst other things. Harry could have mites, a fungal or bacterial infection, or something else, and either way he'd need medication as treatment in that case.

Just in case you end up treating him for mites, keep in mind that you should not use Ivermectin in any form, because it's known to kill hedgehogs. A knowledgeable vet would prescribe Revolution, a topical treatment.
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That is not normal at all. By 4 months he should be done with quilling and even when they are quilling they don't get bald spots or bloody spots. He needs a vet visit asap since that is probably uncomfortable and even painful for him.
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UPDATE: We took Harry to the vet, they did a skin scrape and said he doesn't have mites. They also blacklighted him and didn't see any infections. She said that she thinks it could be some other irritant like the shampoo that we use to bathe him. She also said to diversify his diet a little more, so we are going to try all those things and see what happens.
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Did they run more tests? I don't think you can see an infection just by looking at it.

What shampoo are you using? What are you feeding him?
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Black light is took look for a fungal infection and is not 100% accurate. They can only check for a bacterial infection by doing a culture and sensitivity test.
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Did they run more tests? I don't think you can see an infection just by looking at it.

What shampoo are you using? What are you feeding him?
I am using aveeno baby shampoo. I am feeding him Blue Buffalo Wilderness Blend dry kitten food as well as mealworms occasionally. The vet said to feed him more insects more often to help with his coat.
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If you absolutely must use a cleanser when giving Harry a bath, I would recommend switching to Aveeno Oatmeal Baby Wash, not shampoo. I was told by several breeders that anything with the word "shampoo" in it is too harsh, and that the Oatmeal Wash is very gentle.

I've never heard of a vet using a black light to spot infection...I would insist on actual testing to rule everything out though.
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I have a male hedgehog named harry who is almost 4 months old. He has been losing a lot of quills which I assume is just quilling, but it looks like he is starting to develop a bald spot or something on his back. is this normal or should I be worried?
Don't feed Blue Buffalo. Not sure if this is the problem. A local breeder told me, another breeder, she lost several hedgehogs. I just wanted to inform you.
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Please stop going around posting on inactive threads. It's been 3 months since this thread was last active.
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