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Old 03-26-2011, 01:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So despite his best protests, I've been taking little huffy boy out for a cuddle everyday. And i've noticed that when he raises his quills you can see in between them to the skin underneath. I tried to get a picture to show but none of them were any good.

What exactly is the skin supposed to look like? I'm not sure whats normal, but his looks kind of bad. Its pinkish, with lots of dirty gray looking flakes in it. I had him out on some fleece that was a dark color and when i looked at the fleece after it had lots of little dandruff like specks on it.
Is it dry? does he need baths and flax seed oil? I've read before that is the cure for dry skin...
I'm really hoping this is normal and not bad because he isn't very used to me yet and giving him a bath will be something of an Olympic challenge...
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Actually baths tend to Dry out hedgie skin depending on what is in the bath. You also shouldn't bathe them too often regardless. Putting some flax seed oil on his skin should clear it up if it's not horrendously bad. My Napoleon had some dry skin and now every three weeks or so I'll put some flax seed oil on her body, but I usually always put a few drops in her food and that cleared everything up. Hedgehogs are prone to dry skin, so don't be alarmed. Just give him the flax seed and wait for a few days to let it soak down into his skin. If it doesn't help it might be really bad skin in which case i'd get some sunshine factor. But if he's itching and there's some quill loss he probably has mites and needs to be taken to the vet to get a skin scraping and some revolution as a preventative. (Not all skin scrapings can come up positive for mites, even if the hedgie does have them it isn't a solid bet)
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hmm...I read somewhere about a bath with some kind of shampoo that would help with dry skin.

I'm pretty sure it isn't mites. I've found one quill, and I've never once seen him itch. He was on pine bedding though so I'm on the look out.
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You can use Aveno unscented oatmeal baby wash. Or just put some oatmeal in the bath.
Don't use baby shampoo, it dries the skin out.


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