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Old 09-25-2015, 10:03 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Penny is STILL not getting any better. I am still treating her for mites (in case) at this point as well as finishing up a round of itraconazole but her skin is definitely still developing white raised areas (looks like small puffed up areas of skin) as well as many areas of thin quills.

The vet wants to do a surgical biopsy next but has projected this to cost $300 or so. Between all of the vet bills up to this point in the few months ALONE I am almost at $600, plus being in the hospital myself, my medical expenses are definitely piling up. Plus, the thought of leaving her at the vet all day and having chunks of skin essentially punched out of her seems really stressful for her.

We tried an antibiotic. We tried an antifungal. We tried a mite treatment. We tried an antibacterial/steroid spray. I feed her a mix of three high quality cat foods and supplement with meal worms. She's on fleece. She has consistent heat and light. I honestly don't know what I'm doing wrong at this point. I'm so frustrated and I don't know what to do. Could it be some sort of skin cancer? Is there some sort of treatment that I'm missing? I still have a couple weeks left of mite treatment/antifungal stuff but it just doesn't seem like this is the solution either.

I know that cancer is prevalent in hedgehogs. Could this be some sort of skin cancer? I know that another vet visit/the biopsy is probably in order at this point, but I just need some place to vent/talk about this issue. I HAVE taken her to three different vets (all the best exotic vets that I can find in the state I live) in the past five months.

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Old 09-26-2015, 05:20 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Have you tried changing bedding, changing food etc. to see if it might be an allergy?
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:30 PM   #23 (permalink)
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How is Penny doing now? My little girl, Esther-Rose is experiencing the same thing and the vet wants to do a culture and a biopsy...which I can't afford at the time. It's not mites or ingrown hairs. She has a feeling it might be endocrine-related.
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:36 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Penny is acting fine but still has symptoms. Some quills are sparse now and she has these small-ish white bumps that are mucus filled. :[
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