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Old 01-31-2015, 01:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Dry Skin/Quill Loss

I haven't posted on here in forever but i have a serious question...

Layla is about 2 1/2 now and for the past month maybe I've noticed dandruff all over the felt in Layla's cages. We have very little humidity where I live, especially in winter. Her skin is normal colored, not red or puffy at all, but there is obvious, huge dry skin flakes. What really worries me is that she is losing way more than a normal amount of quills? When you look at her, she doesn't look patchy or anything, I just find the quills in her cages (all have the little ball at the end still there).

I fully bathe her once a week/once every other week, and since she's shown dry skin, I bathe her in an oatmeal bath. I wash her with Johnsons Tear Free Baby Shampoo, which I've been using on her her whole life (though now I'm thinking of switching to some Aveeno oatmeal shampoo).

I've also been putting vitamin E oil on her about once a week, but she only seems to be getting worse, not better. Should i try putting some vitamin E oil in with her food? Is there anything else i should be doing/anything I shouldn't be doing?
Also, am I bathing her too much? I've kept this bath routine her whole life (I've owned her since she was 2 months old) and we've never had this problem before..plus she unfortunately is a very dirty hedgie who loves covering herself in poop -.-
RIP Layla; I know you're playing with all your soccer balls across the rainbow bridge now, in pain no longer
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