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Old 02-23-2016, 10:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My little guy seems to have super dry skin. It's so flakey. I haven't seem him itching, only once in the last week that I've had him. But tonight I noticed some broken quills around both of his ears and the skin looks extra dry. Doesn't seem to be red or irritated, just... Weird. I gave him his first bath tonight with Aveeno Oatmeal baby wash and a Vitamin E oil rinse and rinsed him off really well, and dried him well... I'm hoping that helps a little. I'm fairly certain he's started quilling (Thursday he will be 7 weeks old and exactly a week since I've had him) as I've been finding little quills with balls on the end, especially in his sleepy bags. But the area around the ears just looks itchy to me (despite the fact that neither me nor my boyfriend has seen/heard him itch). I tried to get some pictures, but they don't really do it justice. Also, getting pictures of a hedgehog is really difficult. Wondering if it's just part of the quilling, or just really dry skin, or if it's something I should be seeking vet care for.

On an unrelated note : Baby hedgehogs, like other babies, tend to sleep a lot, right? I was a little worried about his lack of activity (At night He's active and explorative for a while, then sleeps for a while, then eats some kibble and wheels for a while, then sleeps for a while again AND he sleeps all day.) Just want to make sure I'm just being an overly paranoid new Mom, (which is what other non-hedgie people seem to think) or if a vet trip is in order for that.

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Old 02-23-2016, 11:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not sure about the quills... but... babies sleep all the time! When I first brought Coconut home, she was eight weeks old and slept what seemed like always. It was a huge change from my four year old hedgie who would be up and doing stuff all evening long.
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Old 02-24-2016, 12:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Not sure about the quills... but... babies sleep all the time! When I first brought Coconut home, she was eight weeks old and slept what seemed like always. It was a huge change from my four year old hedgie who would be up and doing stuff all evening long.
That made me feel better, thanks. =) Made sense, but I'd rather ask and have my mind put at ease.

Still hoping someone has some advice about the quills around his ears, though.
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Old 02-24-2016, 12:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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When a new animal comes into our care it's always a good idea to schedule a vet visit. Start things off on the right foot. During an emergency is not a good time for introductions.

Ok, the quills are sort of a side thing, the gunk could be a sign that he needs to see a vet.
Stop with the oil, if he has a bacterial issue it can make it worse. Also it could interfere with tests. I would see how much of the oil you can get off him, he looks rather greasy. In the future, you could get away with probably 1/4 of what he has, but there are other ways to moisturizer his skin.
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When a new animal comes into our care it's always a good idea to schedule a vet visit. Start things off on the right foot. During an emergency is not a good time for introductions.

Ok, the quills are sort of a side thing, the gunk could be a sign that he needs to see a vet.
Stop with the oil, if he has a bacterial issue it can make it worse. Also it could interfere with tests. I would see how much of the oil you can get off him, he looks rather greasy. In the future, you could get away with probably 1/4 of what he has, but there are other ways to moisturizer his skin.
For the record, I rinsed him really well, and only used a couple drops in the sink of water (his quills are always Shiney when I use the flash). But I certainly don't want to make anything worse. Should I risk drying him out more by giving him another bath tomorrow if you think he's too oily? Also, should I try to clean the "gunk" (it looks to me like dried skin caking, maybe, not to say it can't be an infection or something worse) or leave it be?

I planned on getting flax seed oil, but the store I stopped at today didn't have it.

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I may be missing it, but from what I can see, I don't see a lot of broken quills around the ears. I see a lot of new quills breaking through the skin in those images. One of them as a lot of build up and what I'm assuming is blood around it.

What does the build up around his ears look like when its dry? In those images its rather crusty and yellow, which could be caused by infection or mites. Or it could be a lot of wet dry skin that has discolored from the oil.
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I didn't notice anything that looked like blood to me, but maybe that's what it was. I only ever found 1 broken quill, I think maybe it was new quills growing in that looked broken to me at the time since I was panicking. It looked better the next day, and has looked mostly fine since, just really dry with some more new quill growth. Had an appointment that I got bumped out of due to an emergency (after they spoke with me and made sure that my hedgie wasn't in a life-threatening situation) so the new appointment is on Wednesday. I'm far less worried than I was, but I'd still rather go get checked out and be safe rather than sorry. And a general wellness check can't hurt. He's eating, drinking, pooping, and generally acting fine though. My friend was wondering if maybe he anointed with one of the treats I left him. I'm thinking maybe he had some reaction to the oil. Hopefully we'll find out on Wednesday! I'm going to make sure to show the vet all the pictures I've taken, I've made sure to take a close-up of that same area every night. Hopefully he'll tell me I'm just a crazy-paranoid new mom. XD
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Ok let us know how the vet visit goes!
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Okay. Finally went to the vet today. Other than being a little concerned about the dry skin, she said Adonis is a happy, healthy hog. =) She didn't find any mites, but decided to go ahead and do a round of Revolution anyway just to be safe. She didn't feel like he needed antibiotics, but we have a follow up in 2 weeks to check things out. ((Side note... he ran away from the vet, and right into my arms... my heart may have swelled a little bit. <3 ))
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