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Old 03-17-2015, 02:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Mites reinfection.

How do you know for sure that the hedgehogmis completely cured of mites? What would cause reinfection? Am I doing something wrong? He's on fleece lining that I replace everyday.

My hedgehog had mites 4months ago. Flaky skin, quill and fur loss. Even a bit of wounds around his nose from scratching

The only exotic pet specialist in my area prescribed him oral ivermectin. I did a lot of reading online and voiced my concerns about the side effects etc. He did not and could not acquire revolution like I requested. He assured me, however, that all the other hedgehogs he's treated did not present w any of the side effects I mentioned, nor did they die. I felt like I had no choice since my little hedgie was losing quills and fur and his poor nose was raw in some places from all the scratching.... So we went ahead with it. 2 doses given over 10 days.

Thankfully, he got better. He regrew his quills and fur. His scars healed and he looked better and happier overall but recently, I saw a small patch of flaky skin under the quills on his side... He's also lost a couple quills but not quite like before. Is this a reinfection? If so, how should I go about it?
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Old 03-17-2015, 03:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you see any mites? It may be just dry flakey skin.

DO NOT DOSE again with Ivermectin.

You are responsible for anything given to your hedgehog, YOU are the customer and you don't have to accept anything that is bad for your hedgehog because a vet tells you to.

Can you get some Revolution from an internet website? Amazon?

Do you have other pets in your household that may be causing the re-infection?

I'll let others weigh in, but there have been too many problems with Ivermectin to ever risk a hedgehog's life with it.
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