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Old 12-10-2013, 02:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It's pretty normal for a hedgehog to be timid and defensive in a new surrounding. That's just their way. Be patient and gentle and she'll come around.

As for the dry skin, it could be a number of things. Putting oil directly on the skin is okay for temporary relief, but it's not a cure.

If you can get her to a vet, have them take a skin sample and test for mites. If it's a fungal or parasitic infection, you'll be given meds.

My Hilde had severe dry skin issues for a long time and I took her into the vet a few times for different tests.

Turns out the thing that helped her was calcium and fish oil on her food. That's something you could try yourself and isn't a bad idea anyway.
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