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Old 06-15-2020, 12:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys! My hedgehog has quite a bit of yellow gunk and dry skin (applied a little flaxseed oil). I've done revolution three times with 2 weeks apart on each time but its still there...He isn't scratching himself and his ears are not crusty. But the yellow gunk really annoys me. He only eats kibbles and nothing else. Any idea what would it be? Have attached a photo.

He sleeps in paper bedding because its really hot and humid in my country

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Old 06-15-2020, 05:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A few thoughts.

Mites are normally the cause of yellow yuck. And it sometimes just takes a good bath to wash it away. However, another couple of possibilities is that bacteria infections and fungal infections can show up with yellow gunk too. I've had a hedgehog who had chronic dry skin, no quill loss, and it turned out to be caused by a mild bacterial infection. He later had yellow gunk around the base of quills and tested positive for a staph infection. I've also had folks ask me about yellow gunk before and when tested the hedgehog had ringworm.

I'd suggest another veterinary visit and have him examined for bacterial or fungal infection.
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Old 06-15-2020, 08:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hello! Thank you for your response. I will check out with the vet soon. May i know if washing away meant with just gentle soap and parting his quills to scrub the base of quills for the yellow gunk? I find that his quills fall only when I try to scrub the yellow gunk out.
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Old 06-15-2020, 09:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yep. Just a gentle wash with some soap and maybe a soft tooth brush to get it out.

How long ago was the last revolution treatment?

How bad is the quill loss? Has it slowed at all since you started the revolution? Are you seeing new quills growing in?

Mite infestations can cause quill loss for a little while after they are gone, but you should see new quills growing in to replace them if its been very long. Also, another thought is that while mites may have been the original issue, mite infestations can cause a secondary bacterial infectionlater.
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Old 06-16-2020, 12:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh okay, I've just bathed him with oats 2 days ago, when do you think I should try to bathe him again to remove the gunk?

The last revolution treatment was about 3 weeks ago.

His quill loss depends really. If I'm handling him and checking through his quills, he would somehow lose a lot more (~10quills). And if I left him alone for the whole day and check up on him at the end of the day, he only loses around 3 quills. But there are quills growing back, he also has a dense coat of quills.

Vets for hedgehogs aren't easy to get around here, but I can check with my local vet to see if there are any bacteria infection.
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How does his skin look around the based of his quills? Healthy?

If it was me, I'd likely not bath him again since you did so very recently. I'm not a fan of bathing often as it just dries out the skin. You can try to use a soft tooth brush to gently groom him to see if you can remove it.

However, I'm really leaning towards that local vet having a peak to rule out bacterial or fungal infections.
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Old 06-16-2020, 10:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hmm the skin looks alright, just with the yellow gunk here and there. I’ll try scrubbing it off and bring him to a vet when they’re available. Then again I think they probably do not know how to administer medication if they found any bacteria or fungal infection since they’re are not specialised in hedgehogs. May I know if you have any insights on the type of medications for any bacterial or fungal infection?
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