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Old 11-13-2016, 10:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello! I am getting my first hedgie in a few weeks. Im obsessed right now with buying all the perfect supplies. Any tips on what soap to buy for bathing? Does the soap help with dry skin do I need to get moisturizing oils as well?
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Old 11-14-2016, 05:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hedgies don’t need baths very often, but do get dirty feet from running on their wheel. If this is the case, a foot bath is better than a whole bath. To give a foot bath, simply run an inch or 2 of warm (not hot) water in the sink or tub, and let hedgie walk around. This will loosen and wash off the residue.

To give a whole bath is only a bit different. Fill the sink or tub with warm water to about belly level, so they can wade but do not have to swim. Gently pour the water over hedgie, and lather some soap on the fur and quills. Recommended soaps would be Aveeno Creamy Oatmeal Wash (baby) or any unscented colloidal oatmeal product. Remember that there shouldn’t be any drafts in the bathing area, and you should completely dry the hedgie before returning him to his cage.
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Also keep in mind that anything you use should not have tea tree oil in it, because it's toxic to hedgehogs.

People also soak actual oats in water as an alternative to soap as well. Flax seed oil and olive oil are popular options to combat dry skin.

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