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Old 09-08-2014, 10:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So as you may know, we all think Shelby has mites. The vet says she will be good then it will get horrible, then it will be ok and gone. Is this true?

4 days ago, her skin was improving, and then last night I took her out, and it horrible and it has red blotches and losing a TON of quills, and flaky skin with gunk at the beginning of some of her quills. So I think after this "stage" of dry, horrible skin she will be ok?
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had two hedgehogs that had mites- Molly had a severe mite infestation and Mason caught it from Molly, so he was treated quickly. Mason didn't have nearly as many problems with the treatment as Molly did. He didn't lose quills or anything.
With Molly, she lost a lot of quills (to the point where she had bald patches) and she had red sores with pus and discharge. She also had dry skin. The vet gave me cream to put on the sores.
It turned out that Molly also had ringworm. So I don't know what role the ringworm played in her symptoms. Mason didn't have ringworm and he didn't have any dry skin.
Did your vet test for ringworm or other infections? If she is losing a lot of quills and her skin looks yucky, I would suggest having her tested just in case.
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Did this happen after you treated her for mites?


Can ringworm kill hedgies?
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Ringworm can't kill hedgehogs (at least that was how I understood it). But ringworm won't go away unless it's treated and you can catch ringworm from your hedgie.
I got Molly from a pet store as I felt bad for her as the cage she was in was far too small and didn't have a wheel, etc.
If I remember correctly, they started treating her for mites and I think at that time the vet also decided to check for ringworm as she was in pretty rough shape. I do remember treating Molly for ringworm and mites at the same time.
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Ringworm can't kill hedgehogs (at least that was how I understood it). But ringworm won't go away unless it's treated and you can catch ringworm from your hedgie.
I got Molly from a pet store as I felt bad for her as the cage she was in was far too small and didn't have a wheel, etc.
If I remember correctly, they started treating her for mites and I think at that time the vet also decided to check for ringworm as she was in pretty rough shape. I do remember treating Molly for ringworm and mites at the same time.
Does revolution cover it?
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Revolution treats mites but not ringworm. I can't remember the medication that was used for ringworm as it was a couple of years ago now. I do remember that it came in a syringe and I had to inject the medication into a mealworm and have Molly eat the mealworm to get the medication. It sounds gross, but it was actually kind of fun shooting up mealworms.
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Just for future reference, it'd be best for you to keep discussions about one health issue all on the same thread. There's no need to create multiple threads to update about the same issue or ask more questions. It's more helpful to have the history & see what's already been covered.

I agree with Melanie that it may be a good idea to go back to test for skin infections, just in case. Make sure you're cleaning her cage daily and changing bedding daily until you can get things resolved.

Edit: Like I've said before, Revolution ONLY takes care of mites and other external parasites. Skin infections, whether they're bacterial, fungal, or yeast, all require different medications. From the sounds of her skin, personally I would head back to the vet to get her tested for other issues.
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MelanieG: Lol ok! So is it true that the case for mites will be bad, better, than terrible?

Lilysmommy: Yeah, I kind of figured. But usually when I post on the same thread no one really looks at it. I'm not sure why...

But same question for you as it was for MelanieG.
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Honestly, what you're describing doesn't sound like mites to me. Yes, I could see mites getting worse before getting better - damaged quills continue to fall out, even after mites have been killed. And it's possible that eggs will start to hatch before the second treatment, which could cause a regression. I don't remember if Lily's got super bad before we had an improvement though. I do remember her losing tons of quills, and that continued for quite a while into treatment. But that was due to damage from the mites. I don't recall her skin looking anything like what you're describing.
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Like I said, Mason had mites and he didn't have any skin problems. He didn't even lose that many quills compared to Molly. If Molly was looking the way you are describing your hedgie, I would have brought Molly back to the vet.
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