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Old 07-24-2014, 03:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I was holding him this morning and just in the hour he laid on the towel infront of me he lost another 32 quills. I'm going to have to wait until my moms home from work to find her oatmeal to try the suggestion of an oatmeal bath. I don't dare touch moms baking stuff. I also noticed when I hold him the cloth/towel which I always make sure is newly cleaned with an unscented laundry soap and I notice when I put him back in his cage after holding him that there's all kinds of white dry flakes of skin on the towel. His flakes. Poor guy.

Just out of curiosity here guys but Casper was a rescue, his original owner had either one or two toddlers and was due to pop out a new baby any day when I went and got him. She said Casper spent his days in his cage because she was too busy with the kids and couldn't give any bonding time to him. He didn't even have a wheel and had no clue what a meal worm was. So I was VERY glad to rescue him.. Now with that being said, I'm on the Ontario Disability Support Program which means I'm on a very VERY fixed limited income. I also have a 4 1/2 year old. So the money I do get is pretty much gone the second I cash the cheque.

So is there any type of help or assistance I may be eligible for or can apply for, for assistance to help ensure that Casper gets the vet check ups, skin scraping tests etc... If someone could let me know it would be so greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-24-2014, 04:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
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You can check with your local vet and see if they have donations set up to help pet owners in need. I know one of the clinics near me does that. Call around and see if they can help out.

Could he be stressed out at all? Since he isn't itching I'm wondering if something is causing him to stress out and shed.
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I can't imagine what could be stressing him out if anything at all. His cage is off to the side in the dining room which there's barely anyone walking through led alone eating in, it's just my mom and her boyfriend usually. My mom spoils Casper and makes sure he eats healthy and has his veggies and treats like meal worms and stuff. Nothing bothers him.

I think it's just dry skin from being bathed often because he pees on his wheel and then runs through it and sometimes it's like he's running through a rain forest and he stinks so bad so in order to be able to tolerate holding him and not needing a clothes pin to plug my nose or to keep gasping for air to stop from gagging I HAVE to bath him. Like I said I usually bath him when we do a full cage wash out and we scrub everything in his cage down and put all new bedding and such down.

Oh and as for getting donations or assistance there is one Vet that lowers their prices like crazy for geared to income or low income families but nine of their doctors that work their specialize in working on or treating hedgehogs. The ones that do they say they are specialists because hedgehogs are not a common creature to own as a pet around here.

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Old 07-24-2014, 09:38 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Maybe instead of doing a full bath with quills wet and all, you could just do a little oatmealy water (low level in the sink) and do a foot and belly bath every week or few days? Not enough to just his quil line, but enough to rinse his belly hair and feet which would be the stuff in contact with the pee and poop the most. Then just drain it and put some clear water in to let him walk around and rinse off his belly and toes! That way you get rid of some of the smelly, but you're not unnecessarily drying his skin out to the point he's at now.

Plus, he is an animal and will have a lil smell y'know? He's not a human with pretty smelling shampoo and hair! Benny never smells so bad I need to plug my nose and I regularly have to clean poopy and pee covered feet!
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:46 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Man that boy must be flying to get that dirty.

I wish I had more advice for a smelly hedgie. I like using oatmeal because it cleans them and I think it smells nice. But my hedgehogs never stink like that so I'm not sure if that would work. Maybe just a foot bath every day or every other day and then wiping his quills down with a baby wipe or wet paper towel?
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:25 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Yeah I feel bad for my mom because her computer desk is right beside Casper's cage and hen I sit at it once in awhile oh my goodness you can smell the pee, and I notice once in awhile the pee sitting on his wheel and its not just a little bit, it's about a tablespoon maybe a tablespoon and a half of urine. So I just did an oatmeal bath. The dry skin i right on top of him towards his butt area but on top. So doing a foot and belly rinse wont help the dry skin on the back..

Thanks for the advice though, I'll see how the oatmeal bath goes, and I'm gonna go look at oatmeal Aveeno stuff but because he doesn't like to put his quills down yet the only way to apply that stuff would likely be with a tooth brush.
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When I do oatmeal baths (which is once a week) I fill the sink a little and add the aveno baby, then I made an extra cup of baby warm water and add oatmeal and a couple drops of vitamin e oil and wash her feet and give her a little scrub...then rinse her with the oat meal. I wouldn't use a tooth brush if he is loosing so many quills you might hurt him...So I would just scrub his feet then pour the oatmeal water over his back.
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Maybe you could try tilting the wheel so a little bit of the urine runs off and onto the litter pan. Some hedgies are weird about that though, and won't run on a tilted wheel. But it doesn't hurt to try. Also, my girl often gets poopy feet so I always have an extra piece of paper towel outside the litter pan too, as sort of a feet "mat" so her feet don't get so poopy. Hopefully that helps
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He has no problems with poopy paws at all he's actually pretty clean. Same for his urine, I already keep his wheel on a bit of an angle so that his urine runs off because I was noticing there were a few times when he would go a lot and there was a couple teaspoons worth just sitting there on his wheel. It was just the other day my mom washed his wheel and didn't out it in right so the urine gathered again. He was acting weird yesterday, he slept all day and I put all fresh food and even put a few treats in his dish for him when he got up for his nightly shananagians and I woke up at almost 2am when he's usually up doing his laps and he was still curled up in his igloo so I woke him to check on him, and he walked around and then he went to his water bottle and starting to drink and then started to nudge the end of the spout which seems to be his way of letting me know he wants cold water, so I gave him cold water and he sat there drinking and for the first time since I've owned him he actually let me gentle rub his top quills without curling up and hissing he completely stayed out drinking and walked over to his food and treats letting me pet him and not even hissing so I think he's really coming around with me because again today when it was just me near his cage and I went to go check on him and pet him he didn't hiss or give me the attitude I usually get.

Oh sorry about the rambling but as for the bathing, I did an oatmeal bath the other night but I'm wondering how often I should do it. Since I've done it his skin still looks dry but he's not losing nearly as many quills, intact he's only lost MAYBE 6 or 7 since that bath TOTAL which is really really good. My poor baby.
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