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Old 11-15-2010, 02:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have only had Achilles for about a week now, so im not quite sure what is normal for him yet, but he had been scratching a lot before and i posted on here, and gave him a recomended bath and that seemed to help. However, now i have seen about 2-3 quills in his cage each morning (for about 3 days now) and i have just spotted a sore spot on his underside on his chest. It looks like he may have been biting there. I just now managed to get a little polysporin (regular strength) on him, but not much. What should I do? Is it possibly mites?
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You got Achilles from a pet store, right? It's probably a fair bet that he has mites. Have you had him in for his first vet visit? It's a good idea to get a wellness check up about a week after getting your hedgie. They can check for mites & also run some fecal tests.

I haven't had the pleasure of mites yet...but from what I understand, you can sometimes see them. If you rub him over a piece of black cloth, some of the white flecks of skin should come off. If you see any move, then he definately has mites. If you don't see any move, well, he still may.


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Old 11-16-2010, 01:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yes, i got him from a pet store, unfortunately. I haven't seen any yet, and i have held him up under a light and looked between his quills, but I guess that doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't have them. I found one vet near me that takes hedgehogs, but their flat fee for a first visit is $100. Is that a normal price? I will pay it if I have to because I want Achilles to be healthy, but that seemed rather steep to me.
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mites can be hard to see via the eye, one method I've read is to get some of their dandruff onto a black t-shirt and then hold it under the light, see if the flakes move. Usually I think you wrap the hedgie up in the shirt and kind of flip them over, they should ball up and leave some.

I'm not sure about the $100 fee from the vet, to me that sounds kind of high but its going to depend on the vet and the fact you got an exotic animal, my vet only charged me $45 which was standard visit price, and I hadn't seen the guy in about 10 years (nice guy though). I'd say either check around with other vets and see what other members say.

One thing about mite treatment, make sure the vet does not use Ivectmin / Ivermectin, which is an injection and commonly used by vets. This has been known to cause illness with hedgehogs and can even be fatal. Some hedgehogs have had it with zero problems, others have gotten sick, and I think a few have even died over it. As said its injected under the skin but I think I just saw a member yesterday say they had a spray version. Either way, you want Revolution for Kittens, then follow Nancy's directions for it in the health section.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Scratching and loosing quills--mites?

Puffers covered everything I had to say about mite treatment

Just wanted to add about the vet price, $100 sounds a little too expensive for me. Mustard's vet charges $49 for a visit and I absolutely love him. Maybe you could call a couple of places more

Good luck!
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