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Old 03-26-2019, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I have a pet hedgehog that I got for Christmas. Female, born July 1st. About two months ago, I have noticed that she has started loosing quills. Thought nothing much of it, since the breeder said there will be time when hedgehogs will loose its quills. It been a while, i see no sign of new quills growing, but the bald patch grew bigger and bigger. It seems like some area of her quills gets composed my what seems like hard dandruff. And then small patches with the dandruff fall off. Also, si glen quills fall off as well. It is concerning, is she having mites? She eats, drinks, plays, and runs on her wheel everyday, like she normally would, so she is still active. Sometimes I hear her scratch herself when shes in her igloo. Today I have noticed what seems like a wound when I was bathing her. Now I'm terrified for her health... please send advice and help. Thank you.
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Also, when the area infected by dandruff is touched, it's clear she is uncomfortable, she puffs and her breathing fastens. Here hownusually her quills come off...
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Hey there! An extremely common cause of quill loss and dry skin is skin mites. They’re almost impossible to see with the naked eye, but can be very uncomfortable for your hedgie, as you can imagine. They make a topical treatment called a revolution that, from my understanding, works great for more treatment and is minimally invasive. Find a reputable small mammal/exotic vet and get your guy a general wellness exam so a professional can assist further!
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In some of those images it looks like there is a thick yellow pus in the quills. I'm going to bet you have a mite infestation and/or a skin infection. If this started two months ago, that is quite a long time and if it is mites, they can cause secondary skin infections to further complicate the issue.

You need to seek veterinary attention sooner than later. Be aware that a bad mite infestation and/or skin infection can cause permanent damage to the quill/hair follicles, which can cause permanent quill loss. Seek medical help sooner than later.
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