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Old 01-26-2015, 04:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Scab on leg

Hi,
I'm a new hedgehog owner, I've had Sir Benedict 'Benny' R.R. Pricklebutt since late September.
Tonight I noticed a rather large scab on his front leg, it was yellowish in colour so more likely to be puss rather than blood. He seems to be walking fine and eating but I've noticed he's been eating less than usual, I normally hide two dried meal worms in his cage each night for him and they are devoured as soon as he wakes up. Over the past week or so he hasn't touched them.
Any ideas? Should I consult a vet?

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Old 01-26-2015, 05:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can you post a picture of the spot on his leg? My first thought is that yes, I would schedule a vet appointment between that spot & his decreased appetite.

Do you happen to know how he got the scab? Has anything changed in his environment, such as temperature, lighting, new additions to the house, a new product/scent used in his room, etc? Any new treats or change to food? Is the bag of food older or brand new? If you can't find any other reason for the decreased eating, I would guess it may be linked to the scab (perhaps pain or not feeling well if there's an infection).
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I will get a picture tomorrow, he's currently back in bed after 'hedgehog and human' time and he doesn't like to be disturbed twice! I can't think of any reason, when I feed him a meal worm from my hand he scoffs it up very quickly without second thought, it just seems to be when he's left alone he's not hungry. He cage hasn't changed at all since the day we got him although he has become more adventurous with climbing in the last month or so. I have a friend who is a vet nurse, she's going to pop over in the morning to check him out! Thanks for replying!
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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