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Old 12-28-2016, 10:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got my first hedgehog (Miiba) less than a week ago at a pet store. Unfortunately, going to a breeder wasn't an option. She is becoming quite acclimated and I am very impressed. However, I do have some concerns.

When I had her out today, I noticed that she was itching, and when she was, a large of amount of flaky skin was falling off of her. So my next step was to determine whether it was quilling, mites, or dry skin. I gave her an oatmeal bath and set up a humidifier. However, when examining her skin closer, I noticed something that I thought was odd. There is a spot where it looks as if she has a new quill growing in, but I'm concerned because the quill looks crooked, and the skin around it is red and black with some swelling. I will insert two pictures, both zoomed and not. Is this normal? This is my first hedgehog, so I'm not exactly sure what to expect. Also, would I be able to see the mites on her? She is albino, so I thought maybe they would be hard to see. If anyone has specific steps to determining what exactly she has, that would be so awesome.

-Thank you!
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Old 12-28-2016, 11:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This seems like the perfect time to become acquainted with your vet. I can't really tell if it looks infected or not, but any animal you bring into your home should go to the vet for a wellness check soon after coming home anyway. You get to kill two birds with one stone on this one. You can get her checked out to make sure she is healthy and have your concerns addressed. You also get to start building that relationship with your vet. Which believe me, it makes it far easier on you when something serious comes up if your vet is familiar with you and your animal.

On a side note, invest in pet insurance. It's super cheap for hedgehogs and believe me, it's worth it.
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