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Old 12-17-2018, 10:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ear infection, mites, or just wax?? WARNING: photos of ear may gross you out

Ok do a few minutes ago my dad was playing with my hedgie and noticed her ear looking a bit wierd . Here are some photos (i made sure the light didn’t hurt her eyes). Her other ear looks normal (I don’t have a photo of it). She’s been scratching lately, I didn’t think anything of it. She does it once or twice every day or two. She’s my first hedgie and I’m freaking out. I don’t have a vet that close to me, but I’ll find one no matter what if she needs it? Does anyone know if maybe this is just excess ear wax?? I’ve heard some hedgies have that. I’ve been googling notes and infections and I can’t fond anything that resembles her ear look. Please help😭😭😭!!!
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Update: I just watched her scratch her ear right at the base we’re its all Yellow and *****. Is this a definite that she has mites??? What can I do to keep it from worsening before her vet appointment???
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Its hard to tell from the photo, but it could be an ear infection,mites,or a sore from excessive scratching. It looks like way more than ear wax. A vet visit is needed as soon as possible to keep it from progressing. You might try a little neosporine ointment on it if the vet appointment will not be soon.
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Its hard to tell from the photo, but it could be an ear infection,mites,or a sore from excessive scratching. It looks like way more than ear wax. A vet visit is needed as soon as possible to keep it from progressing. You might try a little neosporine ointment on it if the vet appointment will not be soon.
Would A+D for scraps,cuts, burns work?? Or a triple antibiotic ointment??
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Take her to the vet ASAP and don’t put anything on it in the meantime as you’re likely to only make it worse if it’s an ear infection.
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Do not put any medication into any ear unless prescribed by a vet! Like Draenog said she needs a vet asap.
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Take her to the vet ASAP and don’t put anything on it in the meantime as you’re likely to only make it worse if it’s an ear infection.
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Do not put any medication into any ear unless prescribed by a vet! Like Draenog said she needs a vet asap.
My moms a nurse and she took a look and we agree that it doesn’t appear to actually be the ear that’s having a problem. It’s roght under the ear wher the fur limes kinda meet up and result in calic. She thinks it’s most likely an skin infection. Do you think putting an ointment (A+D, triple biotic) would negatively impact here even though it’s not in her ear? The spot that’s all wounded isn’t from the possible infect itself it from her continuously scteatching it. She won’t stop scratching it and I wasn’t able to get an appointment till Friday. J don’t know how to keep it from progressing while we wait &#x1f62d;&#x1f630;&#x1f630;
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Triple antibiotic ointment is toxic to hedgehogs and I don't know what A+D is so I wouldn't use it unless the vet okays it. I would show up at the vet first thing in the morning, appointment or not. I've never met a vet that wouldn't take walk ins in cases like yours.
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Just take her to the vet. The inside of her ear doesn’t look right either imo. She might have an ear infection and the leaking fluid could have irritated her causing her to keep scratching. I wouldn’t rule out an infection yet just because the skin under her ear seems irritated too.
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