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Megdlamb 10-03-2018 11:04 AM

Hello, I have a 1 year old hedgehog named Luna. She has been having some quill loss and extremely dry skin. We took her to the vet only to be told its not mites just a bad case of dry skin. The vet told me to use Dreft ( which is a laundry detergent for infant clothing). I am not comfortable using that so i use a sensitive baby shampoo. In any case, the bedding we have for her seems to stick between her quills and seems to have quite a bit of "dust" to it. I have googled the best bedding but.... there are so many things that are good/ bad and im just wondering what everyone else uses? I feel she may be having a reaction to the bedding and if so i need to find something different to work for her. Thanks.

claudia.angelique 10-03-2018 12:29 PM

Hi there!

As for shampoo, you could use either an oatmeal shampoo or a really moisturising universal shampoo. I use the brand Biogance. They've got a big range of shampoos for dogs and cats. Their Universal shampoo is great for hedgehogs as it is super moisturising and even makes their quills smoother and more supple. I haven't tried oatmeal shampoos as they don't really have it here in Malaysia but you could try searching it up.

For bedding, I've tried em all. I've tried paper, wood, fleece blankets. Personally, recycled newspaper bedding is the best. The brand I'm using is Green Kat. Low dust and excellent absorbency. I've also come across extremely dusty paper beddings such as Pets Dream. Unless you have the same brand where you are, it might take a little trial and error before you get it right. As for wood bedding, Cats Best Universal is great.

Veebs84 10-03-2018 05:44 PM

Bedding is tricky! I use fleece liners/cotton duck fabric liners backed with waterproof lining which work really well. I also have lots of fleece strips my hedgie Marjorie can use for nesting, and recycled shredded paper for burrowing and nesting too. I have a litter tray with recycled paper pellets which she loves to dig through but doesn't use as litter tray! All dust free and work well for us. The liners I change every 3-4 days and i have mini ones i change under her sleep space more regularly. Best tip is to have lots so can have some in wash, some in use!

My previous hedgie seemed to like carefree recycled paper bedding, which i now sometimes put in a dig box for Marjorie.

Aveeno cleanser is excellent for bathing and recommend also by my vet - its oatmeal based

good luck!

Yukidama's mama 10-03-2018 11:52 PM

Hi, how often are you bathing her? Baths and shampoos can strip the natural oils their skin produces. I'd limit the baths to a maximum of once a month (shallow footbaths are ok when needed) and like veebs suggested, try using aveeno oatmeal wash (only use the wash and not the shampoo as shampoo is too harsh for their sensitive skin).

I currently use carefresh but find it a bit dusty and sometimes it gets stuck between Yuki's quills. Although I found the ultra fresh carefresh (all white) was much more dusty and fluffy and got stuck more in his quills. I ordered a multi coloured carefresh pack and it is less dusty and the pieces are flatter so they haven't been getting stuck in his quills as much.

Also what do you feed him? When I first got my boy home he had really flakey dry skin and bald patches for the first few months. I found when I changed him off hedgehog food and onto a mix of premium cat foods (one was salmon based, which can help with skin issues) his skin improved greatly, no more flakes. I also reduced the amount of baths I give him (they stress him out and like I said before dried out his skin more). I do add a drop of coconut oil to his rinse water whenever I do bathe him but you need to be careful using oils as this can make skin issues worse if there is an underlying skin infection going on. The vet can do a skin scraping/culture to rule out skin bacteria infections.

Hoping her skin improves soon.

lilyluna 10-07-2018 03:10 PM

I won’t repeat what’s been said above because they’re all very good answers, but I’d just like to add: once or twice a week I mix a drop or two of olive oil in Lily’s food, which I think helped with her dry skin. Just make sure you don’t put too much oil, as it might be problematic too. Some other people swear by flaxseed oil, but I’ve personally never tried it.

Also, I don’t know if it’s just me being a paranoid mum, but I give her footbaths once or twice a week also. My brain thinks clean feet = less chances of skin infections that are brought by scratching.

Good luck!

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