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Old 01-11-2012, 12:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just noticed that my hedgie was itching a little bit more than normal today. Could be dry weather/climate up here this time of year, but noticed he was itching his sides with his back legs - much like our dogs do this time of year. Anything I can put on his sides/back area to maybe help him out some? Read in a few posts about people giving their hedgie an oatmeal bath - that allright for the little guy? -Ben
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Ben,
I have been breeding hedgies for a few years now and at one point in time I had a hedgehog with Mites. She would not stop scratching and she was losing more quills than usual (usual loss of quills is Max. 5-6 a week- depending on season). If you think its the weather than it will probably pass. And what you can do to help is put a heating pad under the nest box on the outside of the cage and get some Hot Spot spray that they sell at your local wal-mart. This did wonders for Sanya Marie (My hedgie). But if its mites you may have to take it to the vet. You could try tho a over the counter mite spray that they sell at pet stores for birds. They also have some mite shampoo that would probably work. Anything you can use on a cat you can use on a hedgie. And Flea shampoo has the same active ingredients in it as Mite shampoo (Permethrin) so if you cant find the mite shampoo use a regular Flee Shampoo. HAppy Jacks is a really good brand for small animals like hedgies and ferrets. I hope this helps.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Mite shampoo isn't good for cats or hedgies

G_Fiero87, you could try some flax seed oil. Just put a little bit mixed with warm water on his back during his bath. Just keep an eye out in case it's mites like the other poster suggested. You don't want to be using mite shampoo because it's very strong and can probably poison your hedgie. Most people suggest using Revolution (it goes on their back in several doses), which is your safest option.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What is the best mite shampoo to use on a hedgie?

What size Revolution do you purchase?
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What is the best mite shampoo to use on a hedgie?

What size Revolution do you purchase?
Don't use mite shampoo. A lot can go wrong while using it.

I believe you get the kitten size Revolution... but you might want to do a search on it in the forums (search box is top right) to find out more about the dosage
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:45 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Do you know where you can get it without a prescription?
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Do you know where you can get it without a prescription?
I think you can buy it online, but really, it's not much of a hassle going to a vet for the prescription...
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I wouldn't trust the places online, simply because you need a prescription for them and they may not be regulated.
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Just a "buyer beware" warning, sometimes, medical supplies bought online can be expired. So just a heads up. If you chose to buy online, just understand the risks.
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Where does one get flaxseed oil? Is it something that would be sold in a small town pet store?
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