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Old 01-11-2011, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just adopted a hedgehog and i do not think her previous owner took good care of her . She seems to be slightly unwell from what i can tell. I do not have any experience with hedgehogs but i have done a lot of research. Around her neck between where her face meets the quills it seems like she is missing hair and the skin seems raw and pink. She also scratches a lot and quills are falling out. When i handle her it get these bumps on my palms and on her back it almost looks like she has dandruff or something similar. Is this mites? I am a student i don't know if i could afford to take it to the vet is there any home remedies i can do?
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There are no proven 100% at home cure for mites. The only real way to cure mites is to go to the vets and treat with Revolution, and never ever treat with Ivermectin, no matter what the vet says. (if you do a search, located upper right corner, for ivermectin, you will find the many horror stories related to ivermectin).

Have you tried giving a bath? Even just water, with a bit of plain oatmeal in a sock type fabric to make the water cloudy will suffice.

The bumps on your palms are a sort of allergic reaction. Many people suffer from it, myself included. It sometimes helps with a cleaner hedgie, hence the bath. It sometimes goes away with time, as you get used to hedgie quills.

Quite honestly, hedgehogs are not cheap pets...
What sort of cage are you using? What sort of heat set up? My suggestion is to read through all the stickies on this forum, as it has a lot of great info. It may turn out that the skin is flaky and raw looking due to how she was kept. What sort of bedding are you using? What bedding was she on? Bedding has a lot to do with their skin health, as well as respiratory health as well.

Can you see new quills growing in? Do you know how old she is?
Other than mites, stress can also cause quill loss.
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