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Old 12-19-2012, 09:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: ITCHY ITCHY ITCHY

Hedgehogs will scratch from time to time. If it seems excessive, the most likely cause is dry skin, which is common during the winter because the air is so dry. If you see any flakes of dandruff coming off, that's definitely it. Itching can also be caused by mites, but those aren't likely if you use fleece as bedding and don't have any wood objects in the cage. If you use a substrate bedding like shavings or Carefresh, mites are more likely (one of the reasons fleece liners are recommended). Dry skin is easy to treat by adding oil (flaxseed oil or olive oil) to the rinse water after a bath, or if it's a bad case with a lot of flaky skin, my preferred remedy is Humilac, a topical spray.
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