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Old 11-29-2017, 11:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi! Luna, our hedgie, has a wound/sore as a result of a large scab that is peeling off. We have Nolvasan Surgical Scrub that we were given by the vet to dilute with water, but I didn't know if there was a better option for healing and care. Does anyone have any advice? We are worried that she will start to bother with it and it will get infected. Right now, it's a clean wound at least on surface level.
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just an update - We are using an antibiotic and the same scrub. She HATES both of them, but it already seems to be looking a bit better after a day. We wrapped her reptile heating pad in a cloth in case it was getting too hot and burning her. Still open to any suggestions to avoid further skin problems. This is her second outbreak in 3-4 months, unfortunately.
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Old 12-01-2017, 07:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Do you know what caused the wound/sore? Where's it located?

Heating pads aren't a good idea to use with hedgehogs because they don't heat the air enough - you need something like a ceramic heat emitter (CHE) set up or a space heater to ensure the whole cage is staying warm. Heating pads can cause low temperature burns over time even if they're not super hot. I'm not sure if you're using a thermostat with it or not, but if not, they're even more dangerous because the reptile ones tend to get quite hot. I would also unwrap it ASAP - it depends on the brand a bit, but many are not safe to insulate or wrap & you can cause a fire doing so.

Depending on the location of the sore, it's possible that it's due to the heating pad. Hedgehogs are pretty notorious for skin issues in general though, due to their quills coming through the skin & creating convenient entryways for bacteria, fungus, etc. Most of the time, it's just something to deal with as it pops up, though if you're having issues with a specific reoccurring issue, you can take extra steps to sanitize their cage & supplies, or try changing bedding, etc. to see if it helps.
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