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Old 09-17-2014, 04:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a male and a female hedgehog, and my hedgehog gave birth to 6 babies 2 weeks ago. I started suspecting my male had mites, do to dry skin and redness. I have treated him with revolution. Mom has no symptoms, but after looking over babies carefully, I can see mites crawling on the babies, so mom most definitely has them too. I suspect these came from a bad bag of bedding. Augh! How do I treat mom and babies??
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My guess is, after they have grown for at least 4 more weeks you treat them all at one time. But maybe someone who has more experience has a better answer.
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I know that my breeder from Dreamflowermedows treats her young babies at 7 and 8 weeks old with revalotion as a proventative but your babies are very young. I would call the vet and ask thier opintion. Unless Nancy sees your post and can give you some advice on the situation.

I know a lot of people use fleece liners to avoid mites and other issues but I personally use pine bedding, a tip for the future, if you put your bedding in the freezer for about 48 hours before using it, it should kill off the mites if you have the miss fortune of getting a bad bag. That's what I do and haven't had a issue yet.
But that's just my personal opinion. Good luck.
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Are they scratching a lot? If it is mites, they should be itching like crazy. Two of my hedgehogs had mites and I never saw them- I thought they were too small to see.
I think you would need to wait until the babies are older before you could treat them, but I'm not a breeder.
Maybe PM Nancy?
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Thank you. She has not been scratching a lot, and isn't loosing quills or developing sores- but I can literally see them on her and the babies. I called my vet and she said it is safe to use kitten revolution on mom now, but that I need to wait until babies are 6 weeks to treat them. What an awful thing to have happen 😔
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I know that my breeder from Dreamflowermedows treats her young babies at 7 and 8 weeks old with revalotion as a proventative . . .
As 'an extra measure' Shannon typically doses each hedgie with Revolution when they are picked up by the new owner. Sophie was dosed when I picked her up, on her six week birthday.

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I know a lot of people use fleece liners to avoid mites and other issues but I personally use pine bedding, a tip for the future, if you put your bedding in the freezer for about 48 hours before using it, it should kill off the mites if you have the miss fortune of getting a bad bag. That's what I do and haven't had a issue yet.
But that's just my personal opinion. Good luck.
I can't imagine ever going away from fleece cage liners: they virtually eliminate a vector for introducing mites to the property; way easier to deal with day to day; much cleaner environment overall; way cheaper in the long-term; eliminates the need for a containment system (such as a coroplast box / floor); allows for larger cages with almost no extra investment of time or money. Without fleece cage liners, Sophie's 26 1/2 square foot cage would be impossible.
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