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Old 07-25-2012, 02:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So last night when i was giving my hedgie his food and water I noticed he was scratching.. alot. It was so sudden because i only noticed it last night. He is a little over a year and a half. He is loosing quite a few quills, I found about 15 lying around his cage last night. I have a feeling it may be mites, or possibly dry skin. ( could dry skin cause quills to fall out?) Well I'm 99.9% certain that my mom wont let me take him to the vet for a POSSIBLE mite problem. She'd want proof.... Well, is there anything that i could do to prevent or stop him scratching? And if I took him to the vet, and he has mites, what would be the best treatment medicine, and what would it's cost be? Sorry for all the questions, I'm just so worried!

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Old 08-02-2012, 03:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm definitely not an expert, but I think you should look at the end of the quills that have fallen out. If the little "ball" that is normally there is gone, then it could very well be mites.
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What kind of bedding do you use? If you have something wooden in his cage, or use wood shavings, he could've gotten mites from that. Unless you see them crawling on him, there's not really a great way to prove that he has them unless he responds to treatment - the ball on the end of the quill is a myth. The ball can be there whether or not he has mites, so that's not a good way to tell. Dry skin can cause mites to fall out, but so can fungal and skin infections. Really, the best way to tell would be to go to the vet if you think it's mites and treat him with kitten Revolution - do NOT let them treat with Ivermectin in any form. It's harder to properly dose and when overdosed, causes paralysis and death. Revolution is much harder to overdose (though still possible), so it's much safer. If he doesn't respond to the Revolution treatments, it may be a skin or fungal infection that needs different medication.
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Old 08-02-2012, 03:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the correction! I'll remember that if I ever think I have a mite problem. There's so much misleading info up on the web!
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He has fleece bedding, but the scatching has seemed to go away? do you think it was just a few day of dry skin... there is nothing wooden in his cage. so it's probably not mites although it's still possible.
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If he has dry skin, you might see little flakes of skin between his quills. And the tip of his ears might be flakey too.

When Quinn gets dry skin, I give her a bath and put a little bit of vegetable oil in her water. It usually does the trick!
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THanks, I def. try that next time
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