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Old 05-02-2015, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So a bit of a back story- we got Luna about two months ago and she's now 14 weeks old. She was losing a lot of quills, but we thought it was just a bad quilling at first. When we noticed her quills were thinning all over and we didn't see any growing in, we decided to take her to the vet. The vet decided to treat for mites without doing a skin scrape because he seemed pretty confident that was the problem. He wanted to do Ivermectin injections but I insisted on Revolution thanks to this forum. We gave her the first dose of Revolution almost two weeks ago, and her skin looks better in some places, but even drier in others. She does have a really bald spot, but we are now seeing quill growth. Aside from the quill loss and extreme grumpiness, everything else is normal. We're just really worried that this isn't mites, since we've never experienced mites before. Here's some pictures, and I'd really love some input and advise from some of you seasoned hedgehog parents. Thank you!
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I don't see the usual yellow crust that you see with mites, but that doesn't mean its not mites. If the Revolution doesn't work you should see about getting a skin scraping done to check for a skin infection or a fungal infection.
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I don't see the usual yellow crust that you see with mites, but that doesn't mean its not mites. If the Revolution doesn't work you should see about getting a skin scraping done to check for a skin infection or a fungal infection.
There was a bit of yellow crust just before we took her to the vet, but not much. Infection is my concern, but do you think she'd have new quills coming in without being treated for an infection? Thanks so much for your reply!
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Its hard to say but the new quills are a very promising sign. I would finish the course of revolution and go from there.
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Its hard to say but the new quills are a very promising sign. I would finish the course of revolution and go from there.
Thank you! It's really comforting to get input from another hedgie parent. One last question- will we know that the Revolution worked for sure if her skin is back to normal by the time we give the last Revolution dose? I'm not entirely sure how to know for certain that it really is mites. Thanks again for the advise
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If she stops dropping quills after a week or so and you see new ones coming in and her skin clears up then you'll know that it was mites. If by two weeks or so after the last dose she's still dropping quills and her skin isn't any better then it will be a good bet that there's something else going on. Have you tried giving her an oatmeal bath? You can bathe her two or three days after treatment.
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If she stops dropping quills after a week or so and you see new ones coming in and her skin clears up then you'll know that it was mites. If by two weeks or so after the last dose she's still dropping quills and her skin isn't any better then it will be a good bet that there's something else going on. Have you tried giving her an oatmeal bath? You can bathe her two or three days after treatment.
The vet advised against bathing her until she's done with all of her treatments, but we'll try an oatmeal bath now that she's about ready for her second dose. Hopefully it'll help ease her dry skin and discomfort.
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