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Old 09-13-2017, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My hedgehog named Pickle has been losing fur recently. Her fur is very patchy, and it used to not be this bad. Her skin is also very dry and flaky, even though I mix Vitamin E oil into her bath water. She also has yellow discharge coming from her ears. She doesn't appear to be losing a lot of quills, although a few are bent weird or have broken in half. I have read that this could possibly be a fungal infection, but I know that treating that will probably cost even more than treating mites costed, so I wanted to get other people's opinions first.

I brought Pickle to the vet a few months ago and they said she was really overweight so I started her on a diet (I used to feed her Meow Mix which I found out was really bad for hedgehogs) and now I feed her Natural Balance cat food with the Turkey and Chickpea formula (which I have read online that this is a healthy option for hedgehogs). She has already lost a lot of weight from the diet change.

I've had her treated for mites before, but I'm not even sure if she actually had mites because she has lost more fur even after the treatment.

She's very happy and eats enough food/ drinks enough water. I give her baths every 2 weeks- 1 month.

I take her outside most days because she is very active and running around outside helps her lose weight too.

I'm not sure if this is connected but I have been getting allergic reactions (small rash patches) recently and apparently that can be a sign that my hedgehog is giving me a fungal infection but I'm not 100% sure it's from her (because I am allergic to other things already).

I have attached pictures of her patchy fur and ears. Any advice helps!
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yellow discharge from ears are not normal. Her losing fur isn't a good sign. I would take her to the vet asap.
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