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Old 07-12-2019, 12:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What to do until we get to the vet?!

I'm worried that my nearly 5 year old hedgie will be bald before I can get him in to see a vet. He has lost a scary amount of quills (>100) and has some very thin patches. I'm almost 100% that I saw a mite.

We just moved and ripped up a bunch of carpet. I'm thinking this is the origin of the mites. Since the move, we have not established a new vet relationship and after calling every office this morning, the soonest a vet that actually does hedgehogs can see him is next Wednesday?

The poor guy has become more vocal in his sleep and I'm afraid that he's very uncomfortable. Is there anything I can do to minimize quill loss or make him comfortable until next week??
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Old 07-14-2019, 11:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi! I am so sorry to hear about your hedgehog. I am certainly no expert, but here are a few things I did to help my hedgehog when he got sick. Try giving him daily full baths with lavender and oatmeal (put the oatmeal in a cheesecloth or something ans squeeze it so that the milky substance comes out) this can help soften and relieve dry skin. Also try washing his blankets or changing his bedding and cleaning everything in his cage to make sure there are no more mites in it. After my old hedgehog's "therapy" :P baths I would take a warm towel from the dryer to help him snuggle in. Do whatever he likes to do, so that he feels more comfortable. Do not worry! It will be okay

Best Wishes <3
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