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Old 01-01-2012, 09:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default In Grown Quills... :(

Does anyone have any preventative tips that would be willing to share in regards to in grown quills? One of my male hedgehogs seems to get an abnormal amount of ingrown quills. His skin doesn't look irritated other then that factor. Why would he get them more then the others? Is it just on an individual basis like humans; some people get ingrown hairs while others don't? It just look so uncomfortable and if there's anything I can do that will either help decrease their occurance or make it less painful for him I want to make sure I try it. Thank you.
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: In Grown Quills... :(

Lily gets a lot of curly quills and ingrown quills as well. So far she's only had two actual ingrown quills that I've noticed, but may have had more that resolved on their own and went unnoticed. I've found that it kind of helps to check her over nightly when I get her out to say hi, just to make sure I catch any sore spots or curly quills. I use her nail clippers to clip curly quills so they don't grow back into her skin and cause issues. Other than that, I haven't found any way to decrease how many curly quills she gets or anything, unfortunately.
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Thanks for the input. It's strange, none of our other hedgehogs have this issue but his skin actually starts to grow around the base of the quill, literally making it only the tip if that is visible. I did contact my vet and was told to gently remove these kind with, as you said, baby nail clippers/tweezers and that most likely a new healthy quill will grow in its place. He is still young; about 7 months, could this be related to his last quilling? I'm a little uneasy about doing that... what do you think?
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