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gwenjamin 05-24-2018 02:27 PM

Hedgehog Self Mutilation
So I got my first hedgehog, Biggie Smalls, about a month ago as a rescue from an animal shelter. She is a little over two years old and came with some minor health problems (ie. dry skin with no mites, chipped teeth, slightly over weight).

About a week or two after adopting her, she started to scratch and bite herself. I assumed it was just because her skin was dry so when that cleared up she would stop. She got a few really minor cuts and after consulting the vet, I started treating them with foot baths and peroxide to keep them from getting infected.

Despite my efforts, she started creating more serious wounds, which currently includes a scab the size of a quarter, basically skinning her arm, and a weird long scratch on her stomach that looks like it has a bruise on it.

She has been to the vet 4 times over the past month and is on 4 different medications right now. 2 antibiotics, 1 cleaning wound antiseptic, and 1 pain medication. I also switched her from Aspen to fleece bedding as recommended.

I never physically see her making these wounds, but I see her scratching often. I asked the vet about prevention, and they said theres nothing to do except treat the aftermath.

Does anyone else have experience with this and how to handle or prevent it?

nikki 05-26-2018 09:49 PM

Have they tried anything stops itching? She could be scratching because she's itchy.

gwenjamin 06-01-2018 01:00 PM

after a few vet visits they finally did a culture and found out its mrsa

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