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Old 05-22-2019, 05:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a new hedgehog owner. My hedgehog is 3 months old, and I got him one month ago. A couple of days ago I noticed dark clots that I thought were his poop and I tried to take it of with a toothbrush and water but it wasn't possible. Now I noticed that the skin around it is red. I don't know should I try to wash him more or is it something else and not poop. He is eating and wheeling properly but today his poop turned to be dark green. I googled it but I can't find anything similar. Please help, I am really worried! 😞 I tried to take a photo, but this is the best shot that I got. 😞 😞
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Old 05-22-2019, 05:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Best advice anyone can give you is to go to your vet asap and get them to take a look, its hard to tell what it is over the internet, people can guess and come up with ideas but its not guaranteed to be right, it doesn't really look like poo to me though, is it getting bigger ?? Looks a bit like a tick to me.

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It looks like a scab to me and should be checked by a vet to be treated for any skin infection.
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you all for your advice. The vet came in today, and said that he got an infection. He cleaned the wound, removed the quills that were infected and gave him an antibiotic shot. He left us some antibiotics to spray on the wound 3x times a day, and told us to clean his wound once a day with Betadine and saline solution.

He is scheduled for a check up with the vet on Monday. Do you have any advice should we change something in his diet while he is on antibiotics?
Or should we use some other bedding? Currently, we are using wood shavings.

Once again, thank you for your advice, they were priceless, because there aren't a lot of hedgehog owners/breeders in our area, so this was the only place where I could look for an advice
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Update on the situation: the wounds that we are treating locally with antibiotics seem to be peeling, but it looks like he is developing some new scabs on his head. Are we doing somethibg wrong?
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He may have a staph infection on skin and need daily antibiotics. It would be best if you called your vet and let them know what's happening and see what they say.
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Vet checked him again, and included vitamins with his antibiotics. The wounds are looking much much better and some of them disappeared, with new pink skin showing.
I also think it was a staph infection.

Thank you again, in my and my hedgehog's name
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