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Old 12-27-2013, 02:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Im a new hedgehog owner. Got my Filemon(hedgehog) a week a go and is seven weeks old. Im just one of those types of people that freak out to much. Well hes an albino hedgehog and ive noticed he has some dry skin but I gave him a bath and put baby oil on him. Hes been loosing a good amount of small quills but he doesnt have any bald spaces. He scraches as well and I heared they can get mites. Really worried so not sure what it could be. Also since hes albino he has some black tips on the end of his quills and some in his ears. What can this be? He eats and drinks water just fine. So help and thanks!!
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey miguel welcome aboard!

I don't think your hedgehog is an albino since you're seeing black tips. I'm not really good with identifying hedgie colors as well so maybe someone else could pitch in with that.

As for quilling that is a normal process for young hedgies until they are 6 months old. Quills start falling less and almost unnoticeable to virtually none when they get past 8 months old. Mites are unpredictable but it's not always the case when they're itchy.
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Old 12-27-2013, 10:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Black tips on which end of the quills? And IN his ears? Can you get a photo??
Maybe tine bits of dry poop? Or like banding?

For dry skin oatmeal baths are nice. You can take regular oats and put them in a sock. Swish in water to turn water milky. You can also add a few drops of olive oil or Vit E oil. No soap needed. Toothbrush for the feet or anywhere else yuck is stuck on. Dry in a fluffy towel, examine toes after the towel for caught threads. Make sure he is really good and dry.
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Thanks! And he doesnt have black tips all around only in some quills ill try adding a picture
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum! It looks like others have already dealt with your immediate questions. If you haven't seen it, this book is a really good care guide for hedgehogs.
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