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Old 04-27-2015, 11:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Fur Loss, But No Quill Loss

Hey guys! So I've ran across my first issue with my new hedgie Pippin
When I first got Pippin he had a slight dandruff problem. Monitored it (to make sure it wasn't mites) gave him oatmeal baths and thankfully the dandruff stopped! Yay! But the itching didn't. Boo.
He scratches with his back legs at his sides and lower area.
At the bottom of his body toward the butt is where his most fur loss is at where I can clearly see his pink skin. Sometimes I can see the skin on the sides, where its red (and I'm thinking irritated from his scratching). There's days where he doesn't scratch at all and days where he goes crazy.
There is no quill loss and no dandruff.
I gave him oatmeal foot baths as he has a tendency to sit in the water (He loves the water haha) to ease the itching. It has helped but I can't help but be concerned whenever I see his naked butt wondering when his fur will grow back.
Let me know what you think! Thanks!
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would take him to the vet to see if there's some sort of infection going on. Hedgehog fur is generally fairly thin, but that sounds like there's something going on. Skin shouldn't be red, he shouldn't have any bald spots.
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Some hedgies do go through periods of shedding their white belly furs, and they do tend to scratch at their sides a little normally. But if you are seeing bald spots or the skin is looking irritated, it is probably worth a vet trip.
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