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Old 02-17-2013, 12:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Quilling HELP!

So my new baby, Ares, is about 19 weeks old. I am worried about his quilling. Mainly that he hasn't even stopped yet. He is white with lots of pink skin but he has some cinnamon colored patches as well. He is eating a ton still, drinks a lot of water, runs all night on his wheel and is still very friendly.

The issue that I'm worried about is that I am not seeing any quills coming in like I sqw with my 8 months old, Athena. She is salt and pepper colored. Her quilling period was much shorter than Ares' as well. He seems to be having a lot spine come in (super thin hair like quills, spines right?) But no new quills poking through his skin. He has slight dandruff but Athena has it as well and she was checked for mites and came clean. So I'm think that's just a skin dryness problem.

I guess I am just wondering if anyone else had a similar quilling experience with their little baby. I am just worried he needs some medical attention and an exotic vet isn't very welcoming appointment wise. I just want to start trying to get an appointment if he needs it.

I hope someone can help!

Thanks!
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello, My hedgie Henry had very dry skin when he was quilling. It was red (just looked itchy). It did take him a long time to finish his quilling. I gave him a nice warm bath with some oatmeal wash. Not too often because I didn't want to make his skin worse. But the baths helped him. When he was in, I would pour some water over his back, which he seemed to really enjoy! I would say give it just a while longer and if its not looking any better maybe a trip to the vet. I do understand your not wanting to go to the vet. The Only one here that will see hedgehogs doesn't really know a lot about them and doesn't want to hold them
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The breeders and experience people will probably be by in the morning but until then a few things.

Hedgehog "quills" are actually spines, at least scientifically. They're like hair, so they'll continue to lose them and regrow them even when not quilling. As for the length, every hedgehog is different. Some get through it pretty quick with a minimum of discomfort, others take a while. Reginald started at the end of November and didn't finish up until January. As long as you're seeing growth, you're probably still good. If he's still eating and drinking the same, socializing and exercising I don't know that going to the vet is necessary. At least in this instance.

You should definitely work on finding a vet that you're comfortable with though. If you haven't, you should definitely get him in for a baseline visit.
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