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Old 05-15-2017, 08:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My hedgehog quillson is almost 6 months old and has had a ton of skin issues. We got quillson from a breeder and brought him home, a month after we got him we noticed a scratch on his chin, thinking it was from the cage he was in we bought him a new 8 sq ft cage and everything:. Then he started getting little brown scab like things growing at the bottom of some quills (uprooting them) we brought him to the vet and found out he had mites, he got treated for them and the vet cleaned out the scabs and gave him some antibiotics and we cleaned it daily, 3 vet visits later, and nothing worked. So we went to a new vet who gave us different medicine and cleaned the wounds out. They would grow back so we would clean them every day with antibiotic soap and ointment and he was taking an oral antibiotic. We brought him to the vet every week to be thoroughly cleaned, after 3 months of this he was just about healed, but a small spot of it is coming back up and he has a cut under his arm pit. It's like one cut then a breakout of scabs on his head. I'm in college and have spent over 1,000$ on vet bills and it seems like it's never going away. Has anyone experienced something like this? The pictures are from when he was healthy to now the last one is the new spot that popped up behind his ear. Breeder, and vets have no idea what it could be and there are scabs on the outside edge of both of his eyes, not touching his eye and not affecting his site but it makes me nervous
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ouch, poor guy! And poor you too! What tests have the vets done? Have they done any kind of culture or sensitivity test to see what the infection specifically is & what medicine would be most effective against it?

What kind of bedding are you using in his cage? & what is your cleaning process like?
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Ouch, poor guy! And poor you too! What tests have the vets done? Have they done any kind of culture or sensitivity test to see what the infection specifically is & what medicine would be most effective against it?

What kind of bedding are you using in his cage? & what is your cleaning process like?

The vets have done a test for a fungal infection and another test for mites, both tested negative, but that's it for tests. And for bedding I used to use sophresh but after he got the mites I switched over to care fresh and have been using that since, both are a paper bedding . Then to clean his cage I scoop the poops out daily, wipe his wheel daily, and clean out the cage completely once a week!
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What do you use to clean his cage with?
Have you considered moving to fleece instead of the carefresh?
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What do you use to clean his cage with?
Have you considered moving to fleece instead of the carefresh?
I've been hesitent to switch to fleece only because he loves burrowing under the bedding but I might give that a try.
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You might want to have the vet do a culture and sensitivity on his skin to find out exactly what bacteria your dealing with and what antibiotic it's sensitive to.
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Agreed with Nikki. I would also strongly suggest switching his substrate to something that you can change daily right now while you're dealing with this. Especially with a bacterial infection, it's really likely that he's repeatedly re-infecting himself by burrowing in that bedding. I would either get some fleece blankets that you can cut to the cage size & change daily, or use paper towels. He won't be able to burrow as well, but getting rid of his infection is a higher priority right now. Once his skin is cleared up & he's confirmed clear of the infection by the vet, then you can switch back to Carefresh for burrowing.
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So I've switched over to fleece and have been cleaning it daily. Another spot popped up on another quill though, our vet didn't want to do a skin scrape because he said he would have to cut a chunk out of his head? But this get also put him under anesthesia repeatedly which is not good for small animals so I'm taking him to our breeders vet which is an hour and a half away so hopefully this is the last vet we have to go to because we've gone to multiple and no one knows what it is.
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