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Old 02-05-2012, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How Common are Mites?

I've seen a lot of threads in regard to mites lately....... I thought they were not that common but now I'm wondering -- is it pretty common for your hedgehog to get mites at some point?
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's common, yes. Mites are one of the more common ailments that hedgehogs can get. Since wood attracts them, using liners in the cage instead of wood/paper type bedding bedding (shavings, carefresh, etc.) greatly reduces the chances that it'll happen.

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I think it's sometimes possible for babies to come to a new home with them too, if the breeder doesn't treat with a preventative dose of Revolution before sending them off, since the mama and babies pretty much have to be kept on paper/wood bedding. I've heard various things about whether breeders use Revolution preventatively or not, it sounds like some will treat all their hogs once a month to prevent the problem, some just treat as need, some treat babies before they go, etc.
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How common are they? Well I tend to disagree that they are extremely common. Yes there are many who get mites, and it is a common cause of quill loss, but there are plenty who live their lives and never experience mites.

If you read through the health section here, you have to remember that people post there when they are having a problem. All of the healthy hedgehogs don't get mentioned. So it can be rather misleading as to how many get sick and with what ailment. Far more hedgehogs will get cancer than will ever get mites, URIs or UTIs.

I haven't had a mite outbreak here in over 9 or 10 years. I've taken in a couple who were living in wood bedding and living in dirty conditions. Have I been lucky? Probably. But in all honesty, if you purchase your hedgehog from a good source the chances your hedgehog will ever have a mite is low. If it does, they are easy to treat if you go to the vet early.

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Old 02-05-2012, 10:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I would agree with Kalandra's statement, Mites are only common if you expose a hedgehog to the outdoors and untreated wood.

It is however not common, Mites are common in the sense its common if you touch a three leaf plant (Poison Ivy) you will get a rash. The same is true of having a hedgehog near wood elements or exposed to the outdoors.

Is it still possible even without those elements they might get mites? Absolutely! Is it very common? Not Really.

Like most things in the world you only really see 99% negative information (Negative as in bad things such as sickness, death, injury) and 1% good things so its easy to view such things as common because we read and are exposed to these more.

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Old 02-05-2012, 11:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I was talking to my my vet (she specializes in exotics, also vet for our local zoo and aquarium), and she said she usually only sees it when hedgies are adolescents, as their immune system is up and down.

My other hedgie has never ever had mites.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Ditto what Kalandra said. Of all the hedgehogs that I've had, I've only had 3 possibles and they weren't confirmed. One from a bag of shavings used with a mom and babies, one from a rescue found in the woods and one of my boys and I've no clue where he would have gotten them from but a dose of Revolution stopped his quill loss.

The thought of mites strikes fear into new owners hearts, but really, they aren't such a big deal and are easily treated.
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