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Old 04-09-2018, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Dandruff/Dry skin, AND hair shedding?

My hedgehog Periwinkle has recently and suddenly been experiencing both shedding skin and fur. She doesn’t have tattered ears, but she does have some dry skin in the middle of her head and behind her ears. I had her on her back just now on my duvet and when I picked her up there was dandruff all over. The hair shedding isn’t as prominent, it’s unnoticable on her body but there’s a decent amount of hair on her fleece liners and on my pants after I handle her. Winky is about 6 months old and I don’t bathe her excessively, when I do I use aveeno oatmeal wash. She’s never been outside except travelling in a carrier to and from the car. Half of her cage is fleece liner and half is carefresh bedding, but she’s never had a problem with the carefresh. Also she’s already done her quilling. Could this be mites? I don’t know what causes them but nothing has changed in her lifestyle/habitat. Also I read sometimes in the spring hedgehogs will shed hair more? Doesn’t really explain the dandruff though. I’m just hoping it isn’t mites or anything. What can I do to prevent this, and is she okay??
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I will probably use a vet, mine told me this can be mite sings(im not saying this is you case), but to make sure it isnt, go to the vet, he will give you the best answser!
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Dandruff is our problem too... I don't know how to solve it... I tried searching for the shampoo to fix the situation. I think it should be with moisturizing effect and do not contain any harmful chemicals:
https://mystraightener.com/best-dandruff-shampoo/
Does anybody know what shampoos from the list can be used for that purpose?
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Old 01-24-2019, 05:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Unless you know what is causing the dry skin I wouldn't be treating it with any kind of shampoo. You need to make a vet appointment so they can diagnose the underlying cause and then decide on the proper treatment.

There is no way for us to know for sure what shampoos on that list are hedgehog safe.
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