Ingrown quills - Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum
Hedgehog Central GalleryForum Archives Facebook Link

Like Tree7Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-13-2018, 03:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 13
Default Ingrown quills

My Fiona gets a lot of ingrown quills, well that’s what I think they are. The reason why I think this is because she gets these infected spots and after I clean them I can see a quill underneath. Sometimes I can get them out easy. But other times when I can’t I have to leave them and hope it comes out the next day. There was one that I could not get out until it made a large, well it was really only the size of a black eyed pea, hole. And it won’t heal all the way. I was currently unable to get Fiona to the vet at the time. And the infection would go away after the quill was removed,so I’m not particularly worried about that part. I was, however,wondering if anyone had any ideas to why she gets them, how to avoid them, and possibly help her heal.
Jillibeantheturtle is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-13-2018, 07:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
Administrator
 
nikki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Manning, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 8,483
Default

She may have a low grad bacterial infection on her skin which would explain the infections. She should probably see a vet for a skin culture and antibiotics.
__________________
Retired breeder and active HWS rescue station

http://www.quillsnthings.webs.com
nikki is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-13-2018, 07:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 13
Default

I will but I also have sinking suspicion that the water that I gave her caused this, I give her tap water. I looked all over the internet to see what water to give her. But I turned up zero answers
Jillibeantheturtle is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-13-2018, 08:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
Administrator
 
nikki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Manning, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 8,483
Default

Tap water isn’t going to cause ingrown quills or skin infections. I have given every hedgehog I’ve ever had tap water and have never had a skin issue. I would say at least 90% of owners use tap water.
__________________
Retired breeder and active HWS rescue station

http://www.quillsnthings.webs.com
nikki is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-13-2018, 11:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 13
Default

In the country I live there is always rumors that there is lead and other chemicals in everyones water, I normally wouldn’t believe that because it would do no one any good to keep the drinking water that way. That is why I said it might be the water.
Jillibeantheturtle is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-14-2018, 11:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
Administrator
 
nikki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Manning, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 8,483
Default

Even if that's true about the water it wouldn't cause skin infections. Think of the water they would be drinking in the wild, it wouldn't be very clean.
__________________
Retired breeder and active HWS rescue station

http://www.quillsnthings.webs.com
nikki is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-15-2018, 01:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 13
Default

You do make a good point. It’s just her quills grow really weird. They are curled and grow underneath the skin, sometimes you can see the out line of the quill. That’s why thought maybe that it was from some sort of contamination.
Jillibeantheturtle is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-15-2018, 03:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
Member
 
Yukidama's mama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Posts: 815
Default

Best to go to a vet and get them to check her skin/quills. They might have a better idea why it happens and can suggest a treatment.

How does the skin look other than the infected parts. Is it otherwise healthy? I wouldn't bath her in anything but water until you seek a vet and check what is the best course of action.
nikki likes this.
Yukidama's mama is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-15-2018, 04:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 13
Default

There is normally no flaking, but it does get dry time to time. I treat the flaky skin by using a tooth brush and softly exfoliate and then aplying coconut oil.
Jillibeantheturtle is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-15-2018, 05:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
Administrator
 
nikki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Manning, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 8,483
Default

I would hold off using any oil for now and see if that helps. Oils can cause the bacteria on the skin to multiply faster and can cause fungal issues too. Once she see a vet and they rule out either of those by doing a skin scrape and culture, then you can start using a bit of oil again.
Yukidama's mama likes this.
__________________
Retired breeder and active HWS rescue station

http://www.quillsnthings.webs.com
nikki is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ingrown quills? gedumaran General Questions 4 03-14-2016 08:47 AM
Many Ingrown quills under skin AngelaH Quills 1 08-18-2015 11:58 AM
Question about ingrown quills during quilling Vonbonnery General Questions 1 05-04-2015 08:42 PM
Tons of ingrown quills, at a loss. lupsxx Quills 9 07-05-2014 12:06 PM
Ingrown quills? zoologist General Questions 4 11-18-2008 05:09 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:19 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum