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Old 08-11-2015, 03:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 15 months and loosing quills

I recently got my first hedgehog. I've had her a little over a week and things seem to be going well. She's 15 months old (I got her from a loving family that had their dachshund get sick and didn't have the time to take care of her anymore).

I noticed yesterday that Lucy was loosing quite a few quills. I counted about 10 on her wheel and another 5 on her fleece cage liner. When I held her for bonding last night there were also a number of quills left behind in my lap. She was also really grumpy last night, though since I've only had her for a week or so I don't know if that means anything.

I'm pretty sure she doesn't have mites (we got chicken mites pretty bad last summer and ever since I've been really vigilant about that kind of thing). I'm also vigilant about maintaining a good temperature in her cage. All the quills have the follicular bulb on the end and it doesn't look like her skin is dry.

Could she be going though another quilling?
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Old 08-11-2015, 08:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I honestly can't remember if there's a quilling at 15 months. I suppose it could be related to the "one year" quilling, but I lean toward it being a matter of adjusting to her new home. As long as you don't see any other indication of mites and don't see bald spots without new quill growth, she's probably fine. Definitely a "wait and see" situation rather than something that needs immediate attention.

As a side note, it might not hurt to get some Humilac spray either online or from your vet. It's relatively inexpensive, it doesn't go bad, and if she does get some dry skin, it offers pretty much immediate relief while healing the skin.
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks very much for you reply, I'm less worried about her now. I'll look into getting some Humilac spray this week!
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