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Old 01-22-2014, 07:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Where to mites come from?

I'm not sure how my hedgie got mites, and I really want to prevent it for next time!

Neither my dog or cat has mites, so she didn't get the mites from them. She hasn't been outside, and her bedding isn't aspen. I use carefresh. I thought carefresh bedding was safe to use, mite wise? (She doesn't eat it, btw.)

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Old 01-22-2014, 08:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's been said more recently that Carefresh can carry mites as well, since it's often shipped & stored near wood shavings. So it's possible she could have gotten mites from the bedding anyway.
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Ah man. I should have looked into that more carefully. And I just switched to fleece, too! :-/

The breeder told me if I froze the bedding for 24 hours, all the mites in the bedding would be dead. Is that true?
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Usually it does kill them all, but I've also read people say that it's not 100% guaranteed. I don't have first-hand experience though. I was using pine pellets with Lily when she got mites, and once we finally got rid of them (which took forever, it seemed like) we didn't have an re-occurrences after I switched her to fleece bedding.
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Okay, great. Thank you!

Kahla gets her medicine Monday, do you think there's anything else I can do until then?
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I think you mentioned else where that you bathed her & put on some olive oil, so that sounds good. If things don't improve with the Revolution, there's also the possibility that it's just extreme dry skin, especially since Carefresh dries skin out. But it doesn't hurt at all to treat for mites, just in case, and it's usually easier to treat for that right away since if it is mites & you let it go, it takes longer for quills to start growing back and such.

If it starts looking like it's mostly dry skin, a lot of people have tried & found that Humilac (sold for dogs/cats in pet store) works really well. If you do decide to try it, let her smell a bit on something else before you put any on her, and then only spray a small spot first in case of an allergic reaction.
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Okay, great! I've also been looking into diatomaceous earth, have you ever tried that?
And should I continuously be adding olive oil to soothe her dry skin temporarily, or would that do more harm than good?
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