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Old 12-16-2011, 11:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am concerned about Pearl's skin and quills.

A little background...Pearl is almost 1 year old. Her skin has been really dry and flaky lately. I'm assuming she is doing her 1-year quilling because we can see some new quills poking through. Last friday I took her to the vet because her skin looked really inflamed and there were some areas of blood around the base of some of the quills. The vet did a scraping and said no parasites/mites. He didn't think she had a bacterial infection either but said it could develop into that given that her skin had open areas. He gave us "Seba-Hex" shampoo to use weekly and also some Omega fatty acid to dribble on her food. He said to let him know in 3 weeks how she is doing. He said to stop the flax seed oil on the skin.

Well, since she saw the vet a week ago we have bathed her in the shampoo once using a toothbrush to get it down to her skin good. She lost a lot of quills during the bath. For several days after that the skin just looked even more dry than before (but the flakes weren't so big). Finally, last night we put on some flax seed oil on the skin and it looks more moisturized tonight. BUT she is losing a TON OF QUILLS. She lost 23 quills in about 30-40 minutes tonight while we were looking at her skin, petting her, etc. She is starting to get a little bare patch on her rump. BUT I can still see new quills coming in. Not a bunch of new quills, but some. And some lumpy areas that I'm wondering if there are quills under the skin. Is this normal?

We are putting the Omega fatty acid on the food as the vet suggested. I have put a humidifier in her room this week. There have been no changes in foods. No wood products. No other hedgies. I know quill loss is obviously normal when quilling but WOW! It seems like a lot. Just worried I guess.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Actually I've been having the same problem with Annabelle. It started in the summer and we took her to the vet at the end of August, no allergies/mites/fung us/infection. It's come back worse than ever but I haven't taken huer back yet because it seemed like there was nothing they could do. How's the shampoo working for you?
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow I am having the same issues with Spike. He is about 11 months old. He was very tame, but when the quill loss and dry skin started he has become no a happy boy. Took to vet and was on med for about 20 days. No mites, just the dry flaky skin. He is eating, but won't use his wheel, but I he runs around the kitchen and dining room in his extra large hamster ball for about 1 - 1/2 hours a night. Poop is normal and is urinating. He gets an oatmeal bath 1X per week with an vit. E rinse. See to help a bit but not much. Losing quills, but new one growing back. It seems to be a endless problem. My other hedgehog (passed away a year ago age 5+) never had these issues. Is this something new in the hedgehog world?
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Old 01-01-2012, 12:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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We've used the shampoo twice. It seems to help with the open sore areas on her skin. But it seems pretty drying too. She is still scaly and dry after the baths. We broke down and put some flax seed oil on her (even though the vet said to hold off on that ) and that seems to help the most with the dryness I think. The humidifier might be helping a little too. I also have washed her bedding in fragrance free detergent.

Pearl has lost so many quills that she is getting a bald patch on her rump. But tonight we can feel all kinds of bumps and prickles right under the skin so hopefully the new ones will fill in soon. Poor girl.
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Poor baby girl. Sending healing thoughts to her. Appreciate the updates.
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