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Old 07-31-2011, 01:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, a bit ago i had a post about the new mom having a skin irratation.. fixed that ! it was the wet shavings from her nest !
BUT... she was always slightly bald on her back , now its a very noticable bald spot ... i was wondering what i could do to prevent it progressing, and if it could be from stress of the cute little hoglets causing her to loose her quils so rapidly ? and when shes out, they arent being found on the ground ? and i dont see any in the cage, its starting to worry me !
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Old 07-31-2011, 02:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you interrupted a mother's nest it could have caused undue stress and abandonment of her litter although I am not expert on hedgehog babies I know this is typical behavior in most nesting animals if you interrupt anything involving their babies.

I am not sure if I am reading everything right, but the bald spot you can deal with once the babies are weened she'll be able to be treated with revolution.

It could be stress but its best to just let the process of caring for the hoglets and weening to take place at this point, this sounds liek one of those issues that come up with breeding, you never know if mom will get ill or have an infection while caring for the young and stuck in a decision situation like this.

I am very sorry that she is still losing quills it could be a lot of underlying issues to quill loss, perhaps even a hormonal imbalance caused by the birthing process. (I am merely speculating cause I remember a breeder mentioning quill loss and skin issues due to some imbalance I think).

Once they are weened I would get her to your vet for examination, in the mean time speaking with them might at least help

Hoping all continues to go well for your hedgie and her litter
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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no no no ! the liter is fine !
they're 4.5 weeks now.
I just wasnt sure if having a litter was putting all the stresson her causing her to randomly start loosing all kinds of her quils !
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I suppose its possible, but you posted before saying it was mites if I recall, either way there isn't much I think you can do until the babies can be moved from mom safely, its tough but unless its life or death she's got three lives depending on her right now, but I'd say take her to the vet if it continues as soon as the babies are weened
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Old 08-05-2011, 12:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I was asking about mites correct !
i'll have to try and find a vet in my area that deals with hedgehogs...
I've been trying to find one, but the one that does the lady is on vacation..
hopefully babies are weened soon before she gets worse !
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