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Old 04-20-2013, 05:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, Reginald has been quilling for what seems like months at this point, and Maggie's beginning to get worried. Especially after she pulled him out this morning to find this.



While she was handling him and he was in his poopbath he dropped these



As you can see they all have the ball on the end of them. But that's 15 today, 20 yesterday, 10 the day before, and 42 the day before that. We're on fleece liners, and he gets kiln dried pine in his litter tray under the wheel. We get the bedding from Tractor Supply which means there is no animal contact through the merchandising chain, and then the bedding gets frozen over night before being put into the tray. His routine has been stable for the last two weeks.

I'm pretty sure it's just bad quilling, but I figured I'd let the community look at it and offer advice/suggestions/etc.
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is the chart of his quill loss for the last couple of months.

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Old 04-20-2013, 06:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm not sure how old he is? Hedgies don't normally get bald like that from quilling. I would take him in and treat him with revolution just in case. The ball on the end of the quills doesn't mean its not mites. I wouldn't bother getting a skin scraping because they can be negative even if there are mites present on the hedgie. If the quill loss continues after that then I would start to look as other issues such as skin infection or fungus.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't know, but I'd have him checked for mites or a bacterial infection. I don't think that quilling would leave them bald. Usually there are new quills following.
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