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Emma_Grace 02-22-2012 06:41 AM

My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
I know it's not mites as he has none of the symptoms & I have checked for them. But he suffers from dry skin which causes him to scratch occasionally. I tried bathing him with oatmeal which has seem to make the problem worse & it is like a snow storm when he lays on his back when previously it was not this bad! Is this a normal reaction after the oatmeal? Any suggestions on how to help my Hoglet?

moxieberry 02-22-2012 09:11 AM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
How often are you bathing him? The oatmeal can relieve it but not necessarily solve the problem, and if you bathe him too often, it will make it worse because baths are drying. Flaxseed oil in the food and on the back can help, though it seems that in more severe cases of dry skin, the latter is pretty much needed daily and is unlikely to actually solve the problem. A humidifier near the cage can help also, and I've seen two topical sprays recommended various times on here (Rain and Humilac); we actually just got Humilac for Archimedes, but since it literally arrived yesterday, I can't report on how well it's worked for me personally.

http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/HEALx ... tments/49/

http://www.petco.com/product/109601/Vir ... Spray.aspx

Immortalia 02-22-2012 01:43 PM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
What type of bedding is he on?
Have you tried feeding supplements such as flax seed oil, or sunshine factor?

wewerebound 02-22-2012 04:36 PM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
Flax seed oil does wonders.

I also changed from the Carefresh bedding to liners and that helped with their dry skin and my baby girls sneezy nose.

moxieberry 02-22-2012 11:13 PM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
To follow up on my last post - we used the Humilac on Archimedes for the first tine last night, and he seemed to find it relaxing. When we took him out tonight there was a very very noticeable improvement - quite a bit less flaky/dry skin. I'm really impressed! Much more effective than flaxseed oil, in my opinion.

Emma_Grace 02-23-2012 01:15 PM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
I only bath him every few weeks or so as he's quite a messy Hog! His dry skin has definitely become worse after the oatmeal wash. I'll have a look at both of your recommendations,thanks :)

Emma_Grace 02-26-2012 03:24 PM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by moxieberry
To follow up on my last post - we used the Humilac on Archimedes for the first tine last night, and he seemed to find it relaxing. When we took him out tonight there was a very very noticeable improvement - quite a bit less flaky/dry skin. I'm really impressed! Much more effective than flaxseed oil, in my opinion.


Thanks for the update! Ill definitely be looking into this

moxieberry 02-26-2012 03:29 PM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
You really should! Humilac got rid of the flaky/dry skin over about 3-4 total days of using it. I should have taken before/after pictures to show just how dramatic the results were, it's fantastic stuff.

Emma_Grace 02-26-2012 03:33 PM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by moxieberry
You really should! Humilac got rid of the flaky/dry skin over about 3-4 total days of using it. I should have taken before/after pictures to show just how dramatic the results were, it's fantastic stuff.

Sounds very promising, I ordered it just as you left this comment! Ill let you know how my Hoglet gets on! :)

timmerlee 03-13-2012 05:38 PM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
Just wondering about the Humilac. I've ordered some from Amazon but have not recieved it yet. I keep hearing mixed reviews.

Emma_Grace 03-14-2012 02:16 PM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by timmerlee
Just wondering about the Humilac. I've ordered some from Amazon but have not recieved it yet. I keep hearing mixed reviews.

It's brilliant! His dry skin disappeared within days of using it I recommend it highly! Even using it on the dog now :)

moxieberry 03-14-2012 02:29 PM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Emma_Grace
It's brilliant! His dry skin disappeared within days of using it I recommend it highly! Even using it on the dog now :)

I'm so glad it worked so well for you!

This is exactly the same as what I experienced - it really was kind of a miracle cure, haha. It took about 3-4 days total for his dry skin to be completely gone. We're now spraying Archimedes with it about once a week to prevent the dry skin from coming back, and so far so good! It's such a relief after using flaxseed oil for so long with pretty much no improvement from that.

timmerlee 03-14-2012 06:02 PM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
Thank you for the info! I hope it helps our Wylie's dry skin.

lukachu 05-08-2012 01:35 PM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
Hi, lily has been on a diet (a mix of hills science plan and James Wellbeloved senior with live mealworm and cooked chicken as treats) and it has been a huge success. However, she has started to get dry skin. I want to try flaxseed oil to see if this helps and was wondering if there are any preferred brands to use? Is it better for her to ingest it or wear it? :)

moxieberry 05-08-2012 02:26 PM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by lukachu
Hi, lily has been on a diet (a mix of hills science plan and James Wellbeloved senior with live mealworm and cooked chicken as treats) and it has been a huge success. However, she has started to get dry skin. I want to try flaxseed oil to see if this helps and was wondering if there are any preferred brands to use? Is it better for her to ingest it or wear it? :)

You can do both. There's no preferred brand, just make sure there are no additives. Using a kind that comes in capsule form, rather than a bottle of liquid, will last longer; the liquid kind goes bad a certain amount of time after you open it, whereas the capsules can theoretically last for years. You just puncture one with a needle, dribble some on the back (parting the quills if she'll let you so it can get to the skin better) and some on the food.

lukachu 05-09-2012 09:50 AM

Re: My Hedgehog has extremely dry skin?
 
Thanks I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes

verucacherry 07-21-2013 08:52 PM

Had to drag this thread up because I just ordered some humilac to try and ease P.B.'s dry skin (we already put flax on her food and use a humidifier). Do you use this spray daily initially? Just a few spritzes or so? Thanks in advance for the help.

Lil'Pepper1 01-04-2016 05:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by timmerlee (Post 136779)
Just wondering about the Humilac. I've ordered some from Amazon but have not recieved it yet. I keep hearing mixed reviews.

I couldn't find it on amazon? Where did you find it on amazon?:confused:

Lilysmommy 01-04-2016 09:02 PM

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This thread is from a few years ago, please try to double check dates before posting! :) Most of the people on this post aren't on the forum anymore.

But to answer your question, Humilac has been discontinued by the manufacturer, so I'm not sure it can be bought anymore, unfortunately.


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