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Old 01-04-2019, 07:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Natural mite (or dry skin) remover?

I live in Arizona where it is quite dry. It has come to my attention that my hedgehogs are scratching a ton lately either due to their dry skin or mites and are losing a couple of quills. I can't afford to go to the vet at this moment and need another solution. I do not know if they have mites or not. I have decided to kill two birds and one stone. Other than cleaning their cages, freezing material, and other items to get rid of mites, could a hardcore oil bath work? I have heard of people mixing in olive oil, vitamin E oil, coconut oil, and oatmeal in water to hydrate a hedgehogs skin. I want to know if this is safe for hedgehogs and if its able to smother (possible) mites. I saw a YouTube video of a little girl using it for mite treatment but I want more input. Thank you!
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Oil on the skin may smother existing adult mites, but it won't get rid of the eggs. So, oil will bring temporary relief, but it is not a cure. You can certainly put oil on your hogs skin, or mix it with bath water, and it will likely help some. Just know that it won't kill all the mites or any of their eggs, so the problem will persist until it's treated properly. Assuming it is mites. Could just be dry skin. Hopefully it's just dry skin.
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