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Old 07-01-2015, 11:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm babysitting a hedgehog for a few weeks and i thought i'd learn a little about them. The owners don't know exactly how old she is, but she is at least 3 years and i know that means she can't be quilling. But i noticed she has this balding, dry patch on her back. Why are her quills snapping? Why is her skin so dry? I'm worried about her

And what can I do to help? Should i simply bathe her? Or take her to the vet?
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well first of, I would inform the owner right away and tell them that they should go to the vet as soon as they get back. If the owner is not coming back to pick him up soon enough, then take him to the vet yourself. He probably have mites or something worse? I've never seen quills like that, broken in half and such... very weird, one thing is for sure, this is not normal and the hedgehog is not healthy.

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Well first of, I would inform the owner right away and tell them that they should go to the vet as soon as they get back. If the owner is not coming back to pick him up soon enough, then take him to the vet yourself. He probably have mites or something worse? I've never seen quills like that, broken in half and such... very weird, one thing is for sure, this is not normal and the hedgehog is not healthy.

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They will be back in 3 weeks, should i take her myself? Could it just be old age?
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Old age doesn't cause quills to break like that. Does her wheel have a crossbar or a spindle? Is she ever near any other animals that could have chewed on her quills?
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Old age doesn't cause quills to break like that. Does her wheel have a crossbar or a spindle? Is she ever near any other animals that could have chewed on her quills?
@nikki she is alone in her cage, and her wheel has both a crossbar and a spindle. It's made of metal grid which i have read is not good for hedgehogs, but i'm not the owner and i don't really plan on going out to buy her a new wheel unless that's what's causing her quills to snap and her skin to look so bad.

do you think that's the cause? I think it may be more of a skin condition or health problem.
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side note: i also notice that she is scratching herself often!
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The wheel is most likely to be the cause of her quills snapping, I'd recommend getting her a new wheel (a large one is $17 at petsmart). You'd probably also save her from any feet problems she could encounter in the future. But of course, first inform the owner and see if they can pay you back once they come back. Also if you can't afford a vet, I think the cause of the itching and bald spots is most likely mites. You can buy some revolution here http://www.allvetmed.com/search.aspx...ext=revolution for a fair price. I recommend getting the 3 dosage one. But as I said before, please inform the owner of the situation and if they don't reply within a reasonable period, I think it's safe for you to do what you believe will help her care.
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The wheel could be causing the broken quills but mites could be the cause also. Please be careful with buying medications online because many times you don't get what you think you are and it may not work as well.
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