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Old 12-26-2015, 12:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone! I'm a new hedgie owner. We just got Hedgington on Dec. 5th and I noticed recently his face has these scab looking bumps on them. I think he is quilling (His bday is Oct 15 and hes loosing a ton of quills with the little bump on the end of all of them) and I read dry skin is associated with this process. I have been applying Vitamin E and Flax Seed Oil to him and a drop or two to a treat for him to eat, but his face is not getting any better. I thought maybe he has mites because we was scratching but his ears are not tattered and I do not see any when I put him on a black cloth. I included a picture below you can see his face in it. Anyone know if this is serious or just dry skin?? Thanks!
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Old 12-26-2015, 10:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That could be mites or a skin infection, it really needs to be seen by a vet and be treated
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Thanks, I messaged the breeder I got him from and she said it looks like allergies. I recently switched him to fleece cage liners and had been using Tide Pods to wash his liners in which she thinks may be irritating him. Would that cause this irritation to his face?? She's been breeding hedgies a long time and is registered USDA and a member of the International Hedgehog Association and Hedgehogbreeders.org
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Old 12-27-2015, 01:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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without physically seeing it and tests being run, we can't say for sure what it is.
Here is my thought process. If it was an allergic reaction to bedding, I would expect to see it everywhere. Detergent would be a contact allergy. I would expect his belly, feet and legs to look much worse.
The breeder should have recommended a trip to the vet so you know what it is and can treat it as opposed to being a guess at it.
Time doing something doesn't always equal good at everything. Medical issues, they might be missing the mark.
IHR doesn't mean they are a good breeder, or know their stuff.
USDA lisence again may not mean much.
Hedgehogbreeders.org is a listing.

I'm not saying that you got him from a bad breeder. But I agree with Nikki, it would be best for your hedgehog to visit the vet to get it checked out just to be sure. If it turns out to be an allergy, then you know it's just that. If it turns out to be bacterial, it can be treated before it worsens.
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So we took him to an exotics specialist, and he was not sure what is wrong with him.. He said this wasnt common. He tested for mites and didnt see any, but he treated anyway and we are going back in a week for a follow up. If he doesnt get better they are going to have to sedate him and take skin samples. Poor Hedgington!
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One of my hedgies has bumps on his face that look really similar. Our vet said it might be ringworm, but she wasn't sure and the bumps on his face seem to be getting bigger and worse. Please share your experiences with Hedgington!
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Turned out he had mites. Got his second treatment for it today and doing much better!
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