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Old 07-26-2011, 03:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just gave Sonic a bath and four quills came out on my hand and in the water. I don't know if hedgehogs can lose quills because of stress, but Sonic was recently moved to the living room in my house to avoid the fumes from me painting my room.

When I turned him over, I saw that the skin on Sonic's belly was a yellowish color. I'm sure he gets exercise every night and he doesn't look like he is overweight.

Does anyone have an idea as to what might be going on?
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The yellow fur/skin is probably from pee and boy time. The quill loss could be from a number of things, stress being one. Keep a close on him for scratching and such incase of mites. How old is he, he could also being started to quill. Some others should be through soon with more help than I can give.
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I did wash him, so I don't know what the yellow skin is from. It's still there even after the bath.

And Sonic is a little over two years old. Definitely too old to quill. I do see him scratch so its possible he could have mites. I know we have plenty of fleas in our house..
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Revolution for kittens is great for fleas and mites if that's the case. Only like 10-15 bucks from the vet. Nancy has a sticky in the health section on dosage and stuff.
Is the yellow area like matted fur to the belly?
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What does Sonic live on? Is there anything yellow in his cage? Could the coloring you see be staining? Is it his entire stomach or more localized under his armpits?

Do you feed a lot of yellow fruits/vegetables, like sweet potatoes, carrots or squash?

If his skin is truly yellow, then he needs to see a veterinarian soon. Yellowing can be a symptom of liver damage. We used to see it a lot when fatty liver disease was fairly common. Yellowing can also be from fat, typically they are obese when this happens.

Do you have a picture you could share?
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Old 07-26-2011, 04:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I will try to get Revolution. I know where vets are in my area.
The yellow is on his skin, not the fur. The fur itself is white.
I have a few pictures of it but I'm not quite sure how to put them on this website.
I don't feed Sonic any vegetables, just his hedgehog food (Pretty Pets) and mealworms for treats.
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My first thought when I read 'yellow skin' was liver issues. I would get to a vet ASAP.
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Also it doesn't seem to be just under the armpits. It's on his belly too.
I will try to get to a vet but I'm not sure if anyone in my area is good with hedgehogs.
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You could check the vet listings here on HHC or start a new post asking for recommendations.
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I looked at vet listings on the Hedgehog Welfare Society website a while back and we actually went to one of the vets I saw on the website for our hamster and rabbit. I can try to go to them but my mom said they weren't much help for our rabbit.

And can a hedgehog still have fatty liver disease even if it isn't obese?
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