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Old 06-14-2017, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, yesterday my husband found a hedgehog in a cage with the door open left outside by the highway in a bush... we have no idea how long the poor thing was out there but we saved her and are trying our best to make sure she has a good life! We already really love her. One thing I noticed is that the skin on her face looks... not good. It looks like she has sand all over her face. I'm not sure if it's mites or dry skin or what...? I would just buy treatment for the mites, but we literally just got an apartment after being homeless for years so money is kind of tight. I'm going to try to post some pictures if I can figure out how.
I wrapped her in black cloth and gently rubbed her quills. Flaky white skin came off but nothing is moving.
I'm going to buy some oatmeal bath stuff for her asap and see if that works but was wondering if anyone knew if sand looking skin was mites or dandruff.
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Oh, also if it is dry skin how should I fix it on her face? I know not to put stuff on their faces, so what should I do?
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My first guess would be mites, and she really needs to see a vet. Both for mite treatment and to get her checked out given her ordeal. If you do end up taking her in or getting mite treatment, make sure you give her Revolution (called Stronghold in Europe). Don't use Ivermectin (sometimes called Ivomec), it's easier to overdose & has been deadly for hedgehogs in the past.

Can I ask where you're located? I'm really happy you guys found this poor girl! But it sounds like you might not be in the best situation to provide for her, if money is tight. Hedgehogs can rack up vet bills quickly when they get sick, and exotic vets also tend to be more expensive than typical dog/cat ones. The Hedgehog Welfare Society might have a rescue station near you that can help out with her if you guys can't afford the vet bills & everything.
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The also make hedgehog vet insurance
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They do, but that's only available in the US, and an initial vet visit is required and pre-existing conditions are not covered. Still helpful in some situations, but not going to be an immediate help in this case. If you're in the US, Care Credit might be an option if you qualify.
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I'm in the US, I'll look into it. We gave her a bath with some mild oatmeal soap and put a couple drops of olive oil on her back and gently rubbed it through her quills. Waiting to see if that helps, other wise I'll take her to the vet Monday or Tuesday. She doesn't really scratch at all, and when we did then black fabric test we didn't see any mites at all.. I'm hoping it's just dry skin and we'll be able to take care of it easily, but we're willing to spend the money it takes to make sure she's healthy if she needs more care.
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Fair warning that a lot of the time, it's safer & cheaper to just go ahead & treat for mites. Revolution isn't too expensive, especially not for treating a small hedgehog, and mite tests are easy to come up false negative. So you can pay for a test, have it come up negative, then end up having to treat for mites down the line anyway. Revolution is safe to use preventatively.

Good luck & let us know how the visit goes! I hope she feels better soon.
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