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Old 02-22-2018, 06:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I just got a hedgehog 2 days ago from a lady looking to get rid of him, he is 2 years old, and the conditions he was kept in were pretty bad (very small cage no toys or wheel, dirt for bedding w/wood chips) and they only tried to give him a bath one time in the 2 years they had him. They actually thought he was a girl and his name was Amy, upon closer inspection, he is a boy! Ive named him Hodor. Anyway, yesterday I gave him a bath with only warm water, no soap or anything, to get rid of the dirt and poop caked onto his toes and quills. He seemed to be leaving behind a trail of dead skin wherever he went and he still is. I will try to attach photos for better reference. His skin all over looks like it has crusties sitting on top.. wondering if this might be mites or if its just dry skin from his previous conditions... his ears also look a little bit crusty (but not tattered) and they seem like they might be swollen or the tips are curled, is this normal? His quills are also sort of orange. Im having a hard time finding other hedgies with the same colouring so I dont know if they are stained from the wood bedding he had before. He also has lost probably 6 quills since I got him 2.5 days ago, is this normal? He stills has lots of quills and there are no sparse or bald spots but if you look in between them you can see the crusties. I am keeping him on fleece, he is my first hedgehog and I have done a fair amount of research just hoping for some possible insight!! Thank you in advance [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/images/smilies/icon1.gif[/IMG] 1st pic is his quills before washing him, all other pics are afterwards.

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Old 02-23-2018, 06:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm glad he's home with you now! Poor guy.

His color is probably partially due to the bedding as well as never getting a bath. It will probably change over time as you keep him clean.

I think it'd be worth scheduling a vet visit to have him checked out, and have his skin looked at as well. It could just be dry skin, but it could also be a skin infection. The treatment for dry skin, putting oil on him, can make skin infections worse. So it'd be a good idea to rule out infections first, and make sure he's otherwise healthy too. The quills aren't a huge concern - it could be due to the state of the skin, but they will often lose a couple quills here & there, like us shedding hair, just on a smaller scale.

For his ears, it's very likely just built up dirt & gunk. For those, you can gently rub a bit of oil or cream on them nightly to help soften & loosen the gunk and it should come off after a while. You can use coconut, flaxseed, vitamin e, or olive oil, or bag balm, lanolin, or vaseline. Whatever you decide to try using, just make sure you let him smell it before you use it on him - they can be very sensitive to smells, so if he's going to react badly, it's easier to have it happen before it's on him! Speaking from experience there.
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