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Old 10-24-2017, 04:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sore/Ingrown Quill? Help!

I recently (last week) adopted a hedgehog from someone on craigslist because they were moving and could not take her with them. She was definitely not treated right and when I went to pick her up they just handed her to me dirty with no cage food or anything. I gave her a bath when she came home with me because her paws and quill were dirty. She is timid which I expected and yesterday when I took her out I noticed she had a "sore" on her back, I did a lot of research (I've had hedgehogs in the past but have never seen this before) and it looks like an infected ingrown quill or maybe a fungal infection. If anyone has any idea what could be wrong please let me know I'm really concerned and want her to be happy & healthy! I included some pictures.

Also her feet look kinda swollen and I assume it's because of her toenails but she wont let me hold her to open up and trim them, any tips are appreciated! (I tried to get a picture of her feet but its not the greatest)
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Old 10-24-2017, 04:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here are some pictures She's acting normal comes out when its quiet and runs around.
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Old 10-24-2017, 07:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would head to the vet with her & get that spot looked at. It looks a bit messy to me and it'd be a good idea to have a vet take a look, just in case of infection. They can also do a full physical exam on her, which is a good idea since she's new. And they can trim her nails while she's under light anesthesia for the exam, which will give you some more time to keep bonding with her & working on that without risking them getting too long & hurting her.

For you to do nail trims, your best bet is when she's in a bath, as most hedgehogs won't ball up in water (but be careful because some will anyway! You don't want water in her nose, it can cause a URI). Go slowly, don't try to get all four paws done in one session (even one or two nails at a time is something), and give treats.
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