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Old 03-08-2019, 02:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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TLDR: I gave my hedgie a bath with a bit of soap and now she's biting herself and it's very very red and possibly bleeding by now and I don't know what to do, please help!!

So I'm a fairly new hedgehog owner, I've only had her for around 2-3 months. Today I gave her a bath with soap cause she got something on herself. I didn't know what it was, it looked like lotion or something? I have no idea how it happened but it looked like it was bothering her and she was obviously trying to lick it off or something.
Anyway, I gave her a bath and used a bit of soap this time, it's some Aveeno cream baby wash that I've heard lots of people say it's really good to use for baths. I was letting her just chill in the towel to dry off, but after a little while she started chewing on her neck(?) area, and it's become really red and it might even be bleeding by now... I read an old thread here where someone said you can use something like neosporin to soothe it? so I tried that but she's still frantically running around and trying to bite herself and I'm panicking a bit at this point. I've also tried holding her to try to stop her from biting herself but she just curls up into a ball and continues to do it. Will she be okay? I'm honestly so worried and I just don't know what to do. any input is appreciated

TLDR: I gave my hedgie a bath with a bit of soap and now she's biting herself and it's very very red and I don't know what to do, please help!!

So I'm a fairly new hedgehog owner, I've only had her for around 2-3 months. Today I gave her a bath with soap cause she got something on herself. I didn't know what it was, it looked like lotion or something? I have no idea how it happened but it looked like it was bothering her and she was obviously trying to lick it off or something.
Anyway, I gave her a bath and used a bit of soap this time, it's some Aveeno cream baby wash that I've heard lots of people say it's really good to use for baths. I was letting her just chill in the towel to dry off, but after a little while she started chewing on her neck(?) area, and she's been at it for over an hour now. I read an old thread here where someone said you can use something like neosporin to soothe it? so I tried that but she's still frantically running around and trying to bite herself and I'm panicking a bit at this point. I've also tried holding her to try to stop her from biting herself but she just curls up into a ball and continues to do it. Will she be okay? I'm honestly so worried and I just don't know what I can do to help her. any input is much appreciated

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Old 03-08-2019, 10:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey there! It sounds to me like she was anointing... hedgehogs will form a saliva bubble in their mouths and lick it onto their backs, looks a lot like lotion. We’re not definitively sure why they do this, but it’s widely accepted as a way to blend into their enviornment.
She very well could have had a reaction to something while bathing her; how’s she doing now? I would highly consider a vet visit so they can examine the area and find possible issues.
Hope this helps 🙂
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Hey there! It sounds to me like she was anointing... hedgehogs will form a saliva bubble in their mouths and lick it onto their backs, looks a lot like lotion. Were not definitively sure why they do this, but its widely accepted as a way to blend into their enviornment.
She very well could have had a reaction to something while bathing her; hows she doing now? I would highly consider a vet visit so they can examine the area and find possible issues.
Hope this helps 🙂
I guess that must have been it, I've never seen her do that before so I was really confused about what was going on haha... She's doing well now, there's like a bit of a scab looking thing where she was biting. I've been keeping an eye on her to make sure she doesn't bite at it again and so far she's been doing good. As for bathing her, I think it might just be fine to only use water because she's surprisingly very clean for a hedgehog. Thanks for the response!
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It could have just been an irritation from the soap; definitely keep an eye on the area but it shouldn’t be of too much concern. And don’t feel like scheduled routine baths are necessary; hedgehogs self groom (some less than others lol) so it sounds like your lil squirt might be an exceptionally self groomed hedgie 🙂
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