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Old 09-18-2015, 09:31 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Yeah, quills don't have that gunky look on the ends when they fall out. There's something going on there.
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I had one last year who was dropping quills (he also had wicked dry skin, but no itchiness). Skin scrape showed some bacteria was present. Antibiotics were prescribed, bacteria went away and so did the quill loss.

Skin infections can just happen. It doesn't mean you are doing anything wrong. Our bodies have bacteria on the surface all the time. Sometimes that bacteria will find a crack in the surface or an immune system that isn't quite up to par one day and take a hold and need medication to get rid of.

This may not be bacterial, but it was an idea and your hedgehog reminded me of my boy from so many years ago, so I wanted to share his story.
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:44 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Here are some quills I collected from Reggie this morning, to give you an idea of what healthy quills should look like




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Old 09-18-2015, 10:22 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Hey everyone!

Thanks for your replies. My boyfriend brought Ellie to the vet today. A physical checked out fine (lungs, heart, etc) and they did a skin scraping and they didn't find anything. Then, they took out a few of her quills (ouch) and they said they are going to put it in an incubator to do a fungal test, and we should have the results of those in 10 days.

They put a topical treatment of Revolution on her in office, and they want us to start her on a dose of antifungal medication as a precaution. The pharmacy is going to call us tomorrow when it's ready.
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Healing thoughts for you and Ellie!
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Healing thoughts for you and Ellie!
Thank you thank you! Hope you and your pets are doing well!
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Update: We did not decide to start giving Ellie the antifungal medication because it is very harsh on their kidneys, and Ellie did not seem to be in any pain, misery, discomfort, etc (as stated before, she acts completely normal.) The vet called today and asked for a follow up on how she's doing, and also called to let us know that the results or fungus came back negative! They said if she gets any worse the next thing would be to sedate her and get a skin sample for a biopsy. Last night, I noticed what looked like 10-15 quills just breaking the surface of her skin. I guess she was a late bloomer?
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