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Old 04-11-2014, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation PULLED quill! quill got snagged! (new owner)

My poor boy recently got one of his quills snagged between a twisted piece of wire (that holds on to his water bottle in his temporary home). I woke up in th morning only to find him already stuck and im assuming he was stuck like that for quite some time. The quill is bent and the area seems sore and irritated. It is red and there is white crusty looking skin. No bleeding was observed nor were there yellowish discharge. It just seems to me like the skin tore a little. The opening around the quill is red and sore and enlarged maybe from him trying to free himself by struggling and pulling. It is located on the right side slightly further behind his ear.

Is it common for quills to be 'pulled' from playing and have the area look like what I describe it to be? Should I apply anything on it and if so, what should be applied? Is there a chance of it being infected??? I have attached a photo byt im not sure if it's clear enough!

PLEASE HELP this is my first hedgehog and im inexperienced and I desperately and anxiously want him to be okay!!!!

Thank you so much!
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I too am curious as to how one would prevent this and how would this picture be interpreted?
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm sorry your post got missed before now! Thank you, Shetland, for bumping it up.

I think personally I would dab a bit of regular Neosporin on the spot since it's unlikely he'd be able to lick it & it's such a shallow wound that the Neosporin should just help keep it from getting infected & help it heal faster. How is it looking now after a couple of days?
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Ah couldn't get my Internet to work until now. But he's all better now. Turns out it wasn't as serious as I thought cos it got all better after 2days. Thank you so much for your help! I dont have neosporin here but I guess I would find something similar in case of an emergency
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