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Old 10-24-2013, 05:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I know a few users recently gained experience with bacterial and fungal skin infections, so I'm hoping they'll jump in with their experiences.

Expect to have a skin scraping done -- I don't know what that involves, except no sedation and it's less invasive than a biopsy.

I've read in the archives about some theories that hedgehogs can go through seasonal quill-loss -- I've noticed mine shedding, but that's it. The theories are, like most things hedgehog-related, anecdotal. Everything could be totally fine, but you've noticed a significant enough set of behavioural changes paired with physical changes that I think a vet-visit to rule out other options is totally worth it. Good luck!
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