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Old 12-22-2015, 02:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've had my first little hedgy for about four days now, absolutely in love with him, but I had some concerns about him itching his quills? For the very little time I have had him, I've noticed that he's ALWAYS itching. And I mean ALWAYS. I just gave him a bath about two days ago because the breeder I bought him from said he needed one asap. Is this normal behavior, for him to always be itching, or should I be concerned? Thank you
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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skin could be dry. i give my hedgie a rinse in some water with olive oil after a bath, and then wipe him off.
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Did you check for mites?
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It depends, if he's itching like "oh I have an itch.. Now I'm good" then it's probably dry skin. If it's more like "I have to get this itch... It's not going away... Still there... Must scratch" then it could be something very different than dry skin and would need to visit the vet.
If you are visiting the vet, you would want to avoid adding anything to his skin as it could possibly effect test results.
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Did you check for mites?
No, how can I do this? What are the signs to look for?
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Old 12-22-2015, 02:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hold him in a black shirt or something and just let him roll around for a couple of mins then take him off and see if you see any tiny bugs you have to look close if not its most likely not mites and probably he just has real dry skin try giving him a oat meal
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It depends, if he's itching like "oh I have an itch.. Now I'm good" then it's probably dry skin. If it's more like "I have to get this itch... It's not going away... Still there... Must scratch" then it could be something very different than dry skin and would need to visit the vet.
If you are visiting the vet, you would want to avoid adding anything to his skin as it could possibly effect test results.
Definitely seems more like the second one you described. He switches legs and itches himself on both sides of his body, all over, almost every time he is awake. I'll look into vets near me and try to get him in as soon as possible. Thank you!
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Hold him in a black shirt or something and just let him roll around for a couple of mins then take him off and see if you see any tiny bugs you have to look close if not its most likely not mites and probably he just has real dry skin try giving him a oat meal
Bath
Okay, thank you so much!
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Old 12-22-2015, 06:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The problem with the dark cloth test is it isn't 100%.
If you do it and see bugs, well there's bugs there.
If you do it and don't see anything, there still could be bugs.

Also really itchy skin could be a sign of another skin issue like a bacterial infection.
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The problem with the dark cloth test is it isn't 100%.
If you do it and see bugs, well there's bugs there.
If you do it and don't see anything, there still could be bugs.

Also really itchy skin could be a sign of another skin issue like a bacterial infection.
Had him out this evening and he didn't seem to be itching as much, but I'll wait to see until it's later in the night and he comes out on his own. I'll definitely be calling a vet and seeing when I can take him in. Itching as much as he does can't be fun
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