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Old 08-12-2015, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Im worried about my hedgehog

hi i am a new hedgehog owner i just got my hedgie Leo a couple days ago and he's itchy, his ears are bloody, and his skin is flaky! what do i do?
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Old 08-12-2015, 05:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Take him to the vet. Mention your concerns to the vet. They would be able to help find a proper course of action.
Also it's recommended to take your hedgie to the vet when you get them so they start a relationship with their vet and you and the vet know what is normal for your hedgehog.
The time for introducing yourself to the hedgehog vet is before an emergency happens, not during it.
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Old 08-12-2015, 06:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Vet time, especially with the ears. Are the ears bleeding from the ear canal or bloody on the outside from him scratching? From the ear canal is an emergency situation & he needs to go ASAP, tonight or tomorrow morning when the vet opens. If they're bloody on the outside from him scratching at them, that's still a problem and he needs to go very soon, sometime tomorrow.

With how itchy he is, my guess is probably mites. If that's what your vet thinks too, make sure that you treat with Revolution, NOT Ivermectin. Revolution is applied topically, a drop or two on their back, between the shoulders. It's much safer to use with hedgehogs. Ivermectin can be given orally, topically, or injected - the injected form is the most dangerous, but it's best to avoid it completely since we have a safe alternative.
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