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Old 10-29-2013, 08:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Loosing banded quills and really flaky skin. First time owner needs help!

My hedgehog is about 6ish months old. He is eating, drinking, and exercising normally. The temp in my room (where his cage is) is in the high 70s. I feed him the same food I got from the breeder and have not been adventurous with treats. His poop is solid and has no discoloration that I can tell.

But for the last 3 weeks he got really bad dry skin and he is losing a lot of his belly fur. I have been giving him some olive oil baths (at least one a week and i just dip him in really quick and dry him off). It has helped a little but the fur lose is still continuing.

Recently (like the last 3 days) he has shed only the banded quills (he is supposed to be like 95% white so he is just quilling leftover baby quills or is it something more serious?).

So I checked the flakes that come off on a black t-shirt and nothing is moving.
The ends of his quills that he lost have a bulb and there is no dry skin attached to them.
He has fleece liners for his cage and I never took him outside.

I know that mites are still a possibility but I would really appreciate some outside opinions.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I got really scared when I noticed my little Dakarai loosing about 10 quills a day since I got him just 8 days ago. From my understanding these guys go through quilling a couple of times (maybe three) during their life span. If the skin is not flakey and you notice quills growing back through the skin then I wouldn't worry about it.

Does he appear to be scratching? Sometimes the black fabric test does not always work.

What about nutrition - you said that you were feeding him the same stuff that the breeder gave you but is it quality food? Hedgehogs are insectivores who eat meat, veggies and some fruits maybe his nutritional needs are not being met? I would definitely seek out the book's pages on quilling to see if this is something "normal" that you are experiencing.

Here is "The Book" that may answer some of your questions. It is free to download and really helpful to have around. http://westcoasthedgehogs.com/files/.../download.html

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Old 10-30-2013, 12:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Quilling traditionally happens at 6,9, and 12 weeks. I would still say make a vet visit. Even though you cant see them moving on the shirt, doesnt mean that they arent there
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