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Old 01-24-2013, 03:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I have now had my hedige for 2 1/2 weeks. He is approaching the 4 months of age. As of 2 days ago, I've noticed he losings 2-3 quills when I am handling him and he has having playtime. He didn't lose any before. I've had to give him a full bath once and just 1 foot bath. I've noticed he has dry skin and little flakes in his quills. His ears don't look any different than they did when I first got him. I've looked closely at the flakes but they don't seem to move or anything. He eats a Spikes Specialty hedgehog blend food I got in Nevada.

So, basically, just wondering if its just dry skin or could he have mites?
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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First, hedgehog "quills" are like hair. So them losing a few every day is fine. Second, it's around the age to go into one of it's quillings. They tend to get more irritable, the skin gets inflamed and dries out easier, and they tend to drop a lot more quills.

In order to keep the skin soft there are a few different methods.

1. Bathing: When bathing your hedgehog you can give him an oatmeal bath or an oil bath. Oatmeal baths consist of using something like Aveeno Oatmeal wash, or straining oatmeal through a sock. It tends to sooth iritation and work on moisturizing their skin. Also you can use a little olive oil in the bath as well. While bathing them you should use a soft toothbrush or something to scrub away the buildup of dry skin.

2.Supplement their food: Reginald gets a flaxseed capsule dumped on his kibble every few days in order to help. Some people use vitamin E, or olive oil, but too much can loosen their bowels.

3.Topical spray: Moxieberry recommends Humilac spray (available at Amazon, Walmart, and the pet store). We got a bottle but haven't tried it yet, because Reginald's last oil bath seemed to really h elp.

4.Humidify the room: During the winter when you're using the heather a lot, it tends to dry out the air. Using either a humidifier, or putting a pan of water near your heater/CHE can keep moisture in the air and help both you and your hedgie.
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Default Re: does my hedige have mites ?

I'd also seriously suggest you buy your hedgie high quality cat food and skip the spikes delight stuff. It really really isn't as good for hedgies as cat food.
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