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Old 04-09-2016, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My hedgehog is turning one in a few days and his skin is very dry and he started quilling again about 2-3 weeks ago. His skin is very flaky and I've tried olive oil and flax seed oil but it still gets dry. I've also noticed that he's losing a considerable amount of quills but he also has a lot coming in as well. His dry skin has me really concerned and I have checked for mites and it is not an issue. Any other suggestions for dry skin???
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is he itchy? Have you changed his bedding recently or bathed him in a new product?

Prudence had terrible dry, itchy, flaky skin for a while. What finally cured her was a bath using unscented, moisturizing baby wash followed by a quick rinse of water with a little dash of olive oil in it. I am also using a moisturizing spray called humilac whenever I see her itch or start to look dry again. It works very well.

A couple of other things that were recommended to me at the time were...
-To stop using carefresh-style bedding. It is dusty and dry which contributes to dry skin.
-Add a couple tiny drops of olive oil to the food. Not too much or it will cause diarrhea.
-Use a humidifier in the room where your hedgehog resides.

I'm sure that some of the more experienced members will have some useful tips to add. I also recommend viewing the dry skin sticky, it has lots of great tips! Good luck!
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yes he's very itchy. I can hear him scratch at night. No I haven't changed his bedding he's been using fleece liners for awhile now and his soap is the same that i've used since i first got him and he didn't have an issue before. His skin started to get dry once winter hit so I attributed it to that but it's gotten pretty bad so I'm worried and don't want him to be uncomfortable. Usually when i put oils in his food he won't eat. I tried putting flax seed oil in his food but he refused to eat it
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How often do you bathe him? More than once every couple of weeks can lead to dry, itchy skin.
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I bathe him once every 2-3 weeks
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Do you put any kind of oil in his last rinse when you bathe him? If not, try something like vitamin E oil or flaxseed oil or olive oil, coconut oil (if he doesn't mind the scent) it helps. Also you can give him an oatmeal bath by putting some oatmeal in a thin sock and putting it into the warm water and bathe him in it.
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I've done the oils in his bath, food, and directly on his skin. I have also done oatmeal baths as well.
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The only problem with the oils on the skin is if there is a fungal or bacterial infection, the oil can make it worse.
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Run a humidifier for sure. Try the oatmeal bath and see how that goes. If winter where you are is anything like winter where I am it's probably just the dryness of the air that's causing it. I find that when Prudence starts to get dry skin again it always occurs at the same time as when my hands start to get dry. Unfortunately I can't just cover her is moisturizer! So out of total curiosity, are your hands ever dry?
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It's possible that he has mites
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