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Old 02-27-2019, 02:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I got a year and a half old hedgehog from a friend of a friend almost a month ago. Ever since I got her she has been scratching constantly and I'm not sure why. This past weekend I tried switching her from pine bedding to Kaytee Soft and Cozy since she doesn't scratch quite as much when she's out of her cage. I also gave her a bath for this first time this past weekend with Aveeno baby wash. Her scratching has definitely improved, but she still scratches quite a bit. I have only noticed one lost quill and it had a healthy looking bulb at the end. I try to examine her every night, but it's hard since she doesn't like being picked up and squirms until I put her down. I have not seen any mites, but I might be missing them. She loves to eat, drink, run on her wheel, and play when she's out. So no abnormal behavior. Stool also looks normal. I have not noticed any flakes or dandruff, either. But again, I might be missing it. I've tried researching the problem, but the only symptom I've noticed is the scratching. And maybe the occasional sneeze. Should I be worried? Is a vet visit unavoidable? Or is it just dry skin that can be easily treated at home? I am a very anxious new hedgehog mom and would appreciate any advice.
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Old 02-27-2019, 08:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It sounds like she may have mites. The ball on the end of the quill doesn't mean she doesn't have them. It could also be a bacterial or fungal infection. A vet visit would be best to find out what it is and to have her treated properly. Think how you would feel if you were itchy like that.
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Old 02-28-2019, 12:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Okay, thank you for the advice. I'll take her to the vet to see what's going. I just want her to feel comfortable and be healthy.
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