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Old 05-23-2014, 03:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a female hedgehog, that is almost 2. She has been losing quills for months. She has been to the vet 4 times, been tested for mites, 4 times, and fungus testing 3 times. All come back negative. She has also been treated for both just incase. She is apricot in color, never have used shaving bedding, used cloth bedding, changed detergent 2 times thinking an allergy. Taken off all cat foods, fed mealworms and fruits and vegetables, chicken, and salmon for 3 weeks. No change. She has seen 2 vets and both are stumped. Her body is 1/2 bald, on quills only, no fur loss. Have tried different foods on her in the period of 6 months. Kept her on the new foods for 3 months and the old food 3 months. No change. I am now putting her on Exotic Nutrition hedgehog booster vitamin supplement. We are thinking it could be a vitamin def. Which I don't see how she can have, but anything is possible. Vet said he has seen this happen with a zinc def. Skin is tender, and constantly has a layer of dry skin that flakes off. Have give bathes with olive oil, oatmeal, no shampoos, nothing seems to help. Any ideas would be helpful.
PS: I have her full sibling brother here who is a cinnicot and he has not problems. She had one litter of babies and they do not have the problems. This actually started after she gave birth and the babies were weaned.

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Old 05-23-2014, 05:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hiya sorry to hear this horrid news have your checked you hogs poo and wee? Does that seem normal? Also keep her of the salmon. Fish based products can kill your hedgehog. Are you bathing her to much? But what you are saying is a mysterie:-/ maybe her quills will grow back hopefully. There is vets out there who specialise in just hedgehogs. It may be worth you finding one near you and hopefully they will be able to tell you what it can be and get it treated asap. Good luck
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Old 05-23-2014, 06:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Our Emma went just about bald while we did multiple skin scrappings, did 2 full mite treatments and tried everything possible. Last resort was to put her on antibiotic even though she tested negative for everything. While on antibiotic she started to have uterine bleeding. She had endometriosis and the accompanying hormonal issues was the cause of her massive quill loss. Once she was spayed her quills started to grow back.

How long ago did your girl have her babies? Usually it's said that a sick uterus won't grow healthy babies so possibly this wouldn't apply to your girl but it's something to think about and maybe do bloodwork.
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Old 05-23-2014, 11:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This female has been under the care of 2 vets both specialize in hedgehogs. So it is not a lack of proper care. She is not being over bathed. Once every 3-4 weeks. The last two bathes have been with water only. Has been bathed in a medicated shampoo with no results, Aveeno Oatmeal bath, olive oil rinses. She has been treated with Organic Vitamin E oil which seems to have done more good than anything else. I have my degree as a Veterinary Assistant, and I have been breeding or almost 12 years. She was also treated with antibiotics with no improvement. Salmon is not toxic to hedgehogs according to many vets, and I have used fish based hedgehog foods since I began breeding.
Nancy, the answer to your question about her last litter. She gave birth to 4 male babies, very healthy 11 months ago. No skin problems in them. I also have her full sibling brother here who has one of the most beautiful quill coats you can find.
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Is it possible she could have developed some sort of uterine infection/endometriosis in the 11 months since her litter? Have your vets drawn lab samples? Even if it's not anything to do with her uterus I would think the next step after being negative to skin tests/scraping would be to look for something internal to rule that out?
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Uterine ruled out. Mystery is all I can say.
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