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Old 02-13-2018, 10:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do hedgehogs have underquills?

I took my hedgehog, Splat, to the vet today because she's been shedding dozens of little slivers of quills and has dry, itchy skin. These aren't normal sized quills or even baby quills. I thought it was fur (both her fur and quills are white) until I noticed they're too rigid to be fur. The vet called them underquills, so not shredded quills? I hadn't heard of underquills before, so I was wondering if you guys have? I only see a couple of these underquills on Splat, which have always been there and I assumed were stray hairs until now.

In case you were wondering, the vet said Splat's skin looks better than a typical mite-ridden hedgehog. He put her on 3 rounds of Revolution just in case and told me to disinfect everything twice a week. If that doesn't work I'm to bring her back for a skin scrapping.

... and he encouraged me to switch from cat food to Mazuri
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know the answer to your question. But I have seen what you are describing -- in the context you're describing them. I thought them odd, too.
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