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Old 01-26-2011, 01:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Snarf HATES water - he's terrified in the sink and won't even walk across a wet washcloth. Seriously. When he was scratching like crazy last week, my BF held him above the kitchen sink and I poured two cups of water with two flax seed oil capsules mixed in. This seemed to have worked!!

But...my BF suggested we fill a spray bottle with water/flax seed oil and spray it on his back. Besides the obvious issue with not getting it in his ears/eyes, do you think this would be okay?
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmm, this is an interesting idea. Norman hates water too, so if this would work I'd probably do the same thing.
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They have so many quills though would the spray even reach their skin?
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Quilled1 - I think if I spray a really fine mist, at least some of it would make it to his skin. Hopefully. The problem is, it will be hard to tell if it's working: is he scratching because it's not working? is he itchier than usual? mites?

Nebular - how on earth do you get Norman's poopy boots clean? Snarf hates even walking across a wet washcloth. AND he hates enclosed spaces - like basins, sinks, tubs - so it's hard to even trick him into cleaning his feet.
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The only problem with that, is that flax oil goes bad really quickly once it has contact with air.

So you would either have to use up the entire bottle at once, or keep the bottle in the fridge. But then you'd have to heat up the water before spraying, as spraying freezing cold water on a hedgie is not really a good idea.

You may be better off just putting a drop or two directly onto his back without water, and then use the rest in his food.
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Pete had horribly dry skin when we first got her, she'll leave dandruff everywhere she passed. Mustard's skin had always been very very dry too, and a little flaky.

I've been using Sunshine Factor as a supplement for a month now, and I have to say, it works wonders! Mustard's skin is just perfect now, and Pete's skin is great too. I highly recommend it.

If you have ruled out mites, it might be worth to give it a try.
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You would have to be very careful he didn't inhale the mist into his lungs.
oil spray + lungs = not good

Using a eye dropper and dropping the water oil mixture on his back in various locations would be safer. That's how I used to do it. Quilling up makes it even easier to get onto bare skin.
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Susanaproenca, where can you by Sunshine Factor? Clémentine's skin is very dry and flax oil on her food helped only a little.
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Susanaproenca, where can you by Sunshine Factor? Clémentine's skin is very dry and flax oil on her food helped only a little.
I bought it from my vet. I don't think you'll have to take your hedgies in to buy it.

I started seeing some improvement after 2 weeks. Pete loves the taste, she chases the syringe I use to give it to her! Mustard doesn't like it but she's easy to give stuff with the syringe. If I have canned crickets I put it on top of it and Mustard will eat it.
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Thanks for the info, I'm going to the vet next week for Zoé's annual visit so I'll ask if they have some.
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