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Old 04-14-2018, 11:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey fellow hedgie parents... looking for some opinions on what may be wrong with our little guy. He is sooo unbearably itchy.

Here's a little background:

We got Norman 6 months ago and he was soooo friendly for about 2 months and never once did I notice him scratch. No products or routines were changed but about 2 months after we got him (and about 4 weeks after his first quilling) he became so cranky and incredibly itchy. I figured he had mites so we took him to the vet (who specializes in hedgies and really seems to know her stuff) and she said more than likely that's what he has, so we treated him for mites for 6 weeks. Still nothing changed and all he did was scratch and itch. So we took him back and after clearing him for mites (doing 2 skin scrapes and noticing no signs of mite inhabitation) she thought maybe he just has an ear infection since he's itching around his head. So we treated him for 3 weeks for an ear infection... even still nothing got better. So here we are with the itchiest guy in the world, 3 vet trips later and no idea what's going on with him. I can take him back to the vet and get her to dig deeper, but I'm just wondering if anyone else has ever had a similar experience? When he scratches it's like nothing I've ever seen-he goes crazy and scoots his whole body along the floor to try to itch his belly, and will rub his head and nose into the floor to try to scratch them as well. Not to mention he uses his back legs to try to scratch his front legs and vice versa-He's literally itchy ALL over. And I've tried everything, including oatmeal baths and olive oil rinses and having a humidifier by his cage because I thought maybe his skin was just dry. But it's not flaking or red or anything. Please help... thanks for reading, let me know if you have ANY ideas or if the same thing has ever happened to your hedgie!

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one frustrated hedgie mama
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Old 04-15-2018, 10:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would have her do another skin scraping and have her do a culture and sensitivity testing on it to check for bacteria or fungal infections.

It could also be an allergy to something in his cage or surrounding area.
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She has done that twice and everything came back perfect other than a fungal infection in his ears, which now is all clear. I'm leaning more towards an allergy I'm just not sure to what... also I have switched to a higher quality cat food that is grain free as of today
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