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Old 08-28-2013, 10:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My little girl had mites and we treated them with revolution. She's still super grumpy sometimes and I'm finding quills (this time with the white balls on the end of every one compared to when she had mites!) I know she's just quilling because I can see all the new quills growing in when I look closely at her. I doubt she's having a good time! I wouldn't be either.

Anybody have any pro-tips to help her feel better during this time. Back before the mites were treated I gave her an aveeno skin relief body wash bath and I don't want to do it again because it hasn't even been two weeks. I don't want to irritate her skin more. Any other tips to help a hedgie in need?
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My baby Clyde is quilling too. I would get actual oatmeal and put it into panty hose and squeeze that into some bath water, it'll be more of a brown milky color. My hedgie gets so relaxed and you can do it as many times as needed without over drying their skin. Plus, I've been putting a little bit of olive oil on Clyde's dry food to help from the inside. He's still very huffy but I've seen a big change in him from not doing anything at all. Hope that somewhat helps!!
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Good stuff, will try the strained oatmeal bath
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Not sure of your timeline: because Revolution is a topical medication that needs to seep in through the skin, it's generally a bad idea to give a bath the day before or the 1-2 days after a Revolution application. But if it's after that (and another dose isn't due tomorrow!), the oatmeal-bath seems to help for a lot of hedgies!
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How often do you recommend the oatmeal baths?
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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You can do it once a week while she's quilling if it seems to be helping - or even more often, if the skin doesn't look like it's getting dried out from the extra bathing, though the oatmeal should help with that as well. If she has dry skin, you'll have to decide for yourself - dry skin vs. quilling pain. There's other methods to counter dry skin though, like flaxseed oil rinses at the end of a bath, flaxseed oil on food, or Humilac.
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