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Old 07-20-2018, 10:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I've got my first hedgie 2 months ago. He was completely fine when I got him. But recently I noticed his face and ears started having this weird scales/skin patches. It feels kinda bumpy but not hard, and I tried gently rubbing on it but nothing falls off. It doesn't seem to bother him though, he's still eating, sleeping and being his normal hyperactive self, but I'm still worried. I think it maybe because we use the AC a lot these days, so it dries his skin out. Anyone has any idea what is it?
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Old 07-20-2018, 10:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you tried washing it off with water? I would try that if you haven't, and if it still doesn't come off, I would make a vet appointment. Could be lots of different things that will require medication. Honestly, even if it does come off, it's not a bad idea to visit with the vet on it.
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Old 07-21-2018, 04:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I definitely think you need to take him to the vet and get that checked out. I've never seen anything so extensive like it before. It's all around his eye lids too, could be some kind of infection or dermatitis, both of which would need medication. I wouldn't try removing it, it could be painful for him and since it is all around his eyes, I think it's going to need looking at by a vet before it gets worse.

Other things to consider if he has only had this since bringing him home is something in his new home environment is effecting his skin. If you use air con a lot, you could try buying a humidifier and see if that helps, this will add moisture back into the air.
Also what bedding are you using, is it the same as the breeder/store? If you are using fleece, are you washing it with a non perfumed detergent and rinsing with distilled White vinegar to remove any excess/residue left on the fabric?

Are you also using the same food as the breeder/store, if so is it a good quality kibble?

Another thing to consider, I remember recently another member's hog had an odd skin infection. With the use of medication and also using a filter on her water faucet/tap (she said the water in her area was bad quality) that her hedgie's skin started to look better within a day. Have you given him a bath since bringing home? Did you use any products on his face?

Keep us posted. I'd be interested to hear what the vet thinks it is and how to treat it. If possible, I'd try searching for a vet who specialises in dermatology. Poor little guy, hope he recovers soon, such a cutie too!
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That looks like a severe mite infestation. You need to get him to the vet ASAP.
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First of all, thanks for replying to my post. Where i live, the vets are primarily cats and dogs specific vets so finding a hedgehog vet is very challenging. I have been on the looking for a hedgehog vet for a while now but still haven't found 1.
- Yes i do use the air conditioner quite a lot so that might be the reason why his skin is like that. I have read that giving him an oatmeal bath will help so i'm going to try that out.
- I am currently using wood pellets as bedding, it is not the same as where i bought him. They were using pine shavings but i have read that they are not good for small animals like hedgehogs and hamsters so i don't use it.
- The food i'm using is the same as the store with the additional meal worms. I also feed my cats with this food. He has been eating those since i first bought him with no problems. However the food I'm using is kibble and I don't think it is good so I'm planning on changing to wet food soon.
- I have an R/O water machine and he has been drinking the water from there since i first bought him.
- I bathe him once every week with johnson's baby shampoo.
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Like i said that is a severe mite infestation, I've seen it before on some rescues I've taken in. Any vet can treat for mites. Just make sure they use Revolution to treat for mites. It's make for cats and dogs but also works on hedgehogs
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Listen to Nikki, she is the most experienced member on the forum. Like she said just take him to any vet to get the revolution treatment to treat for mites.

I wouldn't bathe him until you've seen a vet. A full bath once a week is also too much and can dry their skin out, once a month is normally fine and very shallow footbaths inbetween are fine to clean their poopy feet etc. I wouldn't use johnsons baby shampoo either, it is actually very drying. Oatmeal baths are good, a lot of people use Aveeno oatmeal wash if you don't want to use actual oats, but like I suggested, I wouldn't bathe him in anything but water until you've seen a vet and his skin has returned to normal, as even the oatmeal could further irritate his skin.
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That sounds horrible (( Fortunately I've found a vet near me that treat hedgehogs, don't know if they are any good though. I bringing him to the vet tomorrow, hopefully they can find out what's wrong with him as well as suitable treatments
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So i went to the vet and she said the hedgehog has fungal infection, and told me to buy this spray to spray on a qtip and rub it on the infected area. What are your thoughts?
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Old 07-23-2018, 07:31 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Did the vet seem really knowledgeable and had seen this type of condition before? Did they do a skin scraping and check for mites to rule that out?

Perhaps try the treatment the vet suggested on the nose part and see if it helps. As is it safe to use the treatment so close to the eyes? I'd test it out on the nose part first and see if it helps/improves before going near the eyes!

hope it does improve with the treatment. Keep us posted
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