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Alfiehedgie 01-30-2018 07:12 PM

not sure whats causing huge quill loss?
hello i have an egyptian long eared hedgehog whos about 1 year and 5 months old (im not sure if theyre quilling patterns are different from the pygmys, (i havnt been able to find evidence theyre any different). he is losing a lot of quills lately like today for example he was on my lap i was petting him and he lost about 60 quills in the space of 25 minutes! and thats not including the many more in his cage from just last night and today. all the quills have bulbs on them and he doesnt seem to be scratching any more than normal. i brought him to the vet about 2/3 weeks ago and she said his quills look nice and dense and no sign of mites but hes only been losing more since then. he still doesnt have a bald patch or anything but if he keeps losing quills at this rate im sure he will soon? please help with some advise as to what this might be!

Nutmeg The Hedgehog 01-30-2018 07:23 PM

It might be a fungal or bacterial infection, Check his skin for sores or irritated skin. Fungal infections usually make smaller bald patches than mites. Please take a picture of the hedgies skin and send it with your reply.

Nutmeg The Hedgehog 01-30-2018 07:31 PM

I forget to mention this also, hedgehogs will quill again when they're approximately a year old, it might just be that he's quilling again.

Hope this helps!

nikki 01-30-2018 09:12 PM

I would have him treated with Revolution for possible mites even if the vet hasn't seen any. Many times they can't find any mites but the quill loss stops after treating for them. If that doesn't work then I would see about having a skin scraping done and having it cultured and checked for bacterial or fungal infections.

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