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Old 02-18-2015, 09:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Dry and flaky skin

I recently rescued a 1 year old male hedgehog, my bf and I noticed his skin is really dry so we decided to bathe him but it barely worked and I didn't want to keep using a toothbrush cause I felt like it was hurting him being a first time hedgehog owner. His previous owner didn't take care of him so she gave him up and my friend and I took him in, he's way better and healthier but it's the dry skin that concerns me. He doesn't itch, has no bald spots, and no mites and I only shower him once a month and/or if he has "poop boots". As far as the bedding, I don't know if it is the bedding change since the other owner barely took care of him. I recently heard about flaxseed oil so we'll be trying that but I really am concern about this, I want him as healthy as possible. Any feedback would be much appreciated, thank you
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What bedding does he have? Paper beddings can dry the skin out more.

Flaxseed or olive oil can help a lot of cases of dry skin. If you find that's still not helping once you get a chance to try it for a few weeks, a lot of people have had good luck with a spray called Humilac. Just make sure that before you use anything on your hedgie, oil or Humilac, you offer them something with a little of whatever it is on it to see how they react to the smell, and then only use it on a small part of them for the first time to make sure there's no negative reactions from the skin.
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My hedgie has dry skin as well. I was told to use flax seed oil. I bought the capsules. All I do is puncture one hole in the capsule, squirt some on him in the bath or in the water. After the bath I put a little on him as well.
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