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Old 08-29-2012, 03:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I feel like the worst hedgehog owner ever, even though I have taken my baby to the vet.
I got Willow when she was a month and a half from a pet store. I got my last hedgehog at the same store who ended up being very sick pretty much her whole life. I felt so bad for the hedgehogs at the store again that I bought one almost the 2nd one as well but my husband was not liking that idea. Anyways Willow had dry skin and was losing quills which seemed to be normal to me. She will be 4 months on Saturday and has not lost any quills nor scratching anymore but it flaking like nobodies business and it seems to be getting worse every few days. I have been using olive oil in her food as well as the oil and Aveeno oatmeal stuff in her bath but doesn't seem to be helping. She has always been a bitey cranky hedgehog, I assumed was due to quilling. She doesn't bite as often but sniffs my fingers a lot (yes I have washed them with unscented stuff), when she starts to lick I pull my fingers away. So I guess now she gives warning as before she didn't plus she is still really huffy and cranky, more so now then when she was quilling. The vet said she could have a fungal infection but due to her behavior he thinks it is a disease that if left untreated could kill her. I am worried for the obvious reason of being told my baby is sick but also she has been in my care for 2.5 months and we are just catching on now. I looked online about hedgehogs with flaky skin and no matter what I type in to google I get overloaded with stuff about mites and qilling. We know for a fact she doesn't have mites as we were at the vet almost 4 weeks ago for a check up. We decided that if things didn't get better then to go back and that is the point we are at now. Does anyone know of any diseases that makes hedgehogs beyond grumpy, flaky and could potentially kill them? I would just like an idea before going to the vet. Also just in case she needs any medications what is absolutely NOT recommended to give to hedgehogs?
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I was just wondering, did the vet do a skin scraping? What fungal disease do they think she has? I would still think that it might be mites. Unless they did a scraping how would they know for sure. I don't know of any disease that they could be referring to. Seriously, I would probably treat her (or have the vet treat her) with Revolution for puppies/kittens. You put one tiny drop between the shoulders and perhaps one more on the rump if she is a larger hog, but in any case...are there like circular dry spots around her quills? Is the vet you are going to one that specializes in small mammals?
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the response. I was also think Revolution because I have heard it helps with various skin problems. I will only take Willow to a vet that would specialize in hedgehogs, it's very unfortunate that a family friend of ours who has her own clinic and lab does not specialize in hedgehogs or Willow would be going to her. They couldn't get a scraping from Willow because she was... well not very cooperative. He said it sounds and looks like quilling and she was 12 weeks at that point so it seem plausible. He said normally with hedgehogs like Willow they have to put the under for a bit but hearing about what was going on he said it didn't seem drastic enough to do so. I was also told that if she hits 16 weeks and things don't improve I would have to go back. I am not a big fan of Willow being drugged but I am sure it is going to happen tonight so we can figure out what is going on. Also they didn't say which fungal issue she could have, they want to see her before giving me names of medical conditions. At this point I guess I just feel very worried, lost and confused. I have another 3.5 hours before her appointment.
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