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Old 08-15-2016, 02:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Excessive Scratching

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I feel terrible for my hedgie Hazel. She is constantly scratching and sometimes it feels like minutes on end. She just turned 3 months old on the 9th and I'll have had her 2 months on the 26th. She has been quite itchy since i got her, but it seems to have gotten worse. I didn't think much of it when she was quilling, but that has been done for a few weeks. Since I've had her I've given her 2 oatmeal baths in hopes of soothing her dry skin, but it's been a very temporary fix. I know too many baths aren't good, but how many are too many? Should I try oil in the water instead of oatmeal? Should I do both baths and oil in her food? I just feel bad she is so itchy and I want her comfortable.
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lets start with a few questions.

How often are you giving baths? Too often and you can actually dry the skin out more as you are washing away the natural oils in their skin. You may want to try to not give them as often.

How dry is her skin? Dry flaky skin can also be an indication of an underlying health issue, like a bacterial infection or mite infestation. Or it can also be caused by a dietary issue.

Which brings up the next question, what is her diet plan? What exactly are you feeding and how often? Sometimes a diet change can fix the problem. Diet changes tend to quire a few weeks before you start to see results, but its an are we may want to investigate.

Has she been to a veterinarian to have a skin scraping done? That may be worthwhile just to rule out mites and possible infections.

How does she scratch? Does it just seem like a lazy scratch or is it frantic? Think of it like ooooh that feels good scratch of a get it off of me type. I know you haven't had her that long to really get to know her personality, but is she a bit jumpy when she scratches?
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have only given her 2 baths and it was weeks a part.

Her skin is dry enough that when she scratches there are dry skin flaking off.

I've been feeding her Goodlife cat food. I always make sure her bowl is full.

She hasn't been to a vet.

I guess I'd say it's probably more of a lazy scratching, but I figure constant scratching is going to irritate her skin.
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