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Old 11-01-2016, 10:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Quill Loss + Dry Skin

My hedgehog has been losing quills for a little less than a week about now. I can see a bunch of new ones growing in, but I can see a bunch of flakes all around his skin. I can rub my hands across his back and get some of it on my hands. It doesn't seem to be moving or anything.

Can anyone tell me if your hedgehog loses quills from mites, will they grow back right away, or will it take a while?

Also, does anyone know where I can buy the Aveeno Oatmeal Wash anywhere except online?

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Edit, when I look at him from the back, I can see like a little bit of his skin, I used to not be able to before he started quilling. There are no big patches of skin anywhere on his back.

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Old 11-03-2016, 05:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My hedgehog has been losing quills for a little less than a week about now. I can see a bunch of new ones growing in, but I can see a bunch of flakes all around his skin. I can rub my hands across his back and get some of it on my hands. It doesn't seem to be moving or anything.

Can anyone tell me if your hedgehog loses quills from mites, will they grow back right away, or will it take a while?

Also, does anyone know where I can buy the Aveeno Oatmeal Wash anywhere except online?

Thanks


Edit, when I look at him from the back, I can see like a little bit of his skin, I used to not be able to before he started quilling. There are no big patches of skin anywhere on his back.
How old is your hedgehog? I've talked to my breeder about the same thing and he said that she's just quilling, still. You might have to visit a vet to make sure.
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How old is your hedgehog? I've talked to my breeder about the same thing and he said that she's just quilling, still. You might have to visit a vet to make sure.
About 2 months old
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I think your hedgie's just quilling. Nala's the same age and going through the same quill loss. I'm not sure with the flaking though. Are the flakes scab-like?

If you don't have any appointments with the vet yet, try using natural oils on the skin. As what the breeder told me, as long as quills are growing back. As a precaution, maybe try cleaning the entire enclosure.

I'm a new owner too by the way, these are what I've done with Nala. I suggest you ask the breeder where you got him but if you have a vet that is knowledgeable with hedgehogs, I suggest you go ahead and get a check-up.
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I think your hedgie's just quilling. Nala's the same age and going through the same quill loss. I'm not sure with the flaking though. Are the flakes scab-like?

If you don't have any appointments with the vet yet, try using natural oils on the skin. As what the breeder told me, as long as quills are growing back. As a precaution, maybe try cleaning the entire enclosure.

I'm a new owner too by the way, these are what I've done with Nala. I suggest you ask the breeder where you got him but if you have a vet that is knowledgeable with hedgehogs, I suggest you go ahead and get a check-up.
The flakes aren't scab-like, they look like dandruff. I heard that most hedgehogs have dry skin when they are quilling. I could rub my hands down his back and a lot of skin would fall off. I don't see any buildup at his quills either. I also clean his cage everyday.
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