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Old 04-16-2014, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My hedgehog Bentley is 1 year old and has already gone through his first round of quilling. Like 4 months (I can't rememner how long ago it was)my hedgehog started to lose quills again. I assumed that it would just be his regular 2nd round of quilling. But from what I've been researching, something is definately wrong. He has also been losing ALOT of quills, probably righy now somewhere near to one thousand. But heres the strange part, all the quills are growing back. There are no bald spots at all on his back and he has been acting completely normal. I know its not mites because all of the lost quills have bulbs at the end. Its so weird, at the rate he is losing quills I would expect bald spots, but new quills keep coming in. Everyone always jumps to the conclusion that mass quill loss is mites, buy I really doubt it in this case. I just want my little buddy to be okay!

Okay now on to the next part. Ever since I got my hedgie he has always had these really strange shaky spells. Whenever they happen I just hold him untill it stops. When it happens he makes a kind of shutters popping sound and just shakes really bad. When I first got him he would fall over some times as well but I haven't seen anything else. I've started to suspect WHS. I have also been thinking that he could have cancer, which would explain the mass quill loses and the shaking. Please help me figute out what is wrong. Thank you!
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the only way to know for sure is to take him to the vet. We can make guesses for you, but that is not going to help at all. I read on the forum that if you lightly puff air into his face and he can still pull his visor down then it is not WHS. It may be seizures.
As I said before the only way to know is to take him to the vet.
Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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At 1 year old, his quill loss is very possibly a 1 year quilling, especially since he is growing in new quills. Not all hedgehogs go through a 1 year quilling but some do so. The bulb on the end means absolutely nothing and they can have mites with the bulb on the end. If the quills were broken off with no bulb, then mites would be fairly certain, but bulb there means nothing.

What do you mean by shaking spells? Is he shaky as he walks, or is it when he is sitting and a sort of rhythmical vibration combined with almost a ticking sound? If the latter, that is normal.

What is he doing when he falls over? Once he falls over, how easily can he get back to his feet?
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