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Old 05-01-2017, 10:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help! Scratching incessantly

New hedgie owner, hedgie is just shy of two months old.
This started Sunday as mild itchy spots behind each ear. I added neosporin and it's gotten worse in the last 24 hours.

I am a new hedgie mama. I've had him for 2 weeks. He's adorable and his name is Cashew. I noticed some redness around the base of his forehead (where you can now see scabs) but attributed it to quilling since he was around the 6-8 week mark. He's now got a red irritated spot on his bum, too. He's my baby. What should I do? I can't take him to the vet until Friday. He's still eating, drinking, and wheeling.

He's a clean boy. He doesn't wear poopy boots and likes to do his business in the same corner usually. Poop is normal in color. He is a pooping fiend!

He had aspen wood shavings until about an hour ago when I tossed them after reading about mites. Nothing comes off his quills when scratched though. He doesn't have flaky skin. Ears aren't waxy.

He's still alert and bright eyed.

Any insight is greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-01-2017, 11:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am kinda a new Hedgie momma to... I am dealing with the same problem right now. For my hedgehog it is mites they are really tiny and white and located around the face area. I am no expert but from what I have been told, he needs to be taken to the vet and put on medication.
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Old 05-02-2017, 03:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This isn't normal quilling and it's not normal for mites either. It could be something g like a bacterial infection or a severe case of mites. The sooner you can get him to the vet the better.
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Old 05-13-2017, 05:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi everyone. Took my quillbaby to an exotics vet after making this post and discovered Cashew acquired mites from infected bedding, as well as a secondary skin infection from constantly being itchy and scratchy. He is doing better and is approaching week #2 of meds. Will never go back to aspen or any shavings for his bedding, either. He is almost mite and infection-free now- still healing but almost out of the woods. Thanks for your help!
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Old 05-13-2017, 07:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Gorgeous hedgie,very happy Cashews is doing handy dandy.��❤️
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