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Old 06-02-2018, 07:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, so here's another question about quill loss! So from what I know, my hedgie is finishing his quilling period as he's started losing less quills which is a joy to see, he's 15 weeks old today and has started scratching less and is so much friendlier now. He actually let's me stroke his forehead and will even start to doze off to sleep whenever I do it.

The thing is, I noticed about a week ago that he seemed to have a small patch missing, and it's not very noticeable unless if you look hard or if he's curled up or if his quills are wet. I put it down to dry skin as there are no behaviour changes and I thought if it was something like mites he'd still be losing tonnes of quills. However, today I opened his cage and saw him curled up and you'll see in the picture below that the patch is extremely noticeable yet his skin shows no evidence of mites or any other problems, also when he's walking around with relaxed quills you can't tell the patch is there. It's not red, doesn't appear to be sore and he doesn't appear to be grumpy yet I can't see any new quills growing where the patches are. Is this normal?
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Please don't bump a post after posting. Members aren't on the forum all the time so sometimes it takes a while before they are here to see a post. Bumping won't get your question answered any faster.

The quills look pretty sparse in the first picture. Do you see new quills growing in? If not I'd take him to a vet to rule out mites or a skin infection.
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Please don't bump a post after posting. Members aren't on the forum all the time so sometimes it takes a while before they are here to see a post. Bumping won't get your question answered any faster.

The quills look pretty sparse in the first picture. Do you see new quills growing in? If not I'd take him to a vet to rule out mites or a skin infection.
Sorry I've seen other members do it so won't happen again.

In certain parts new quills are poking through but there are other parts where there's just nothing but the skin which is 100% clear
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Please don't bump a post after posting. Members aren't on the forum all the time so sometimes it takes a while before they are here to see a post. Bumping won't get your question answered any faster.

The quills look pretty sparse in the first picture. Do you see new quills growing in? If not I'd take him to a vet to rule out mites or a skin infection.
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Please don't bump a post after posting. Members aren't on the forum all the time so sometimes it takes a while before they are here to see a post. Bumping won't get your question answered any faster.

The quills look pretty sparse in the first picture. Do you see new quills growing in? If not I'd take him to a vet to rule out mites or a skin infection.
Sorry I've seen other members do it so won't happen again.

In certain parts new quills are poking through but there are other parts where there's just nothing but the skin which is 100% clear
Sorry didn't want to add another note but wanted to add that there's white-ish bumps that seem to be under his skin where he's got the quill loss. Could it just be that he's lost the quills so fast the others haven't came in yet?
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It's hard to say with just a description but I would take him in to the vet to be sure it's not an infection.
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It's hard to say with just a description but I would take him in to the vet to be sure it's not an infection.
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