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Old 11-22-2019, 09:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Bump Under Quills

In a weird sighting, we noticed our lil Penelope has a bit of bump underneath a section of quills.

I couldn't locate another thread about this specifically and I tried to get the best images possible (was quite the challenge).


She does have some dryness on her skin, typically around the back of her ears, paws, and her part (she has like a reverse mohawk-a part separating the left/right quills on her head) but rubbing vitamin E helps significantly with that.

It's really hard to get close to get a good look. She's a little over a year so very excited and hard to get her to sit still.

We just moved from NYC to Utah and she was in the car with us during the move. Not sure if the weather change might have an effect.

Open to hearing any thoughts/suggestions.

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Old 11-23-2019, 05:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don’t know where I’m supposed to be looking in those pictures, but I can’t make out anything. If you feel like she has a bump, it’s best you get it checked out by a vet immediately. Hedgehogs are notorious for tumours - not that that’s what Penelope has, but it’s best you at least rule it out by seeking a vets opinion. The sooner you nip those things in the bud, the better.

The ‘reverse mohawk’ is normal (it’s just her visor); you can try giving her the occasional oatmeal bath to help with dry skin. Some flaxseed on her food 1-2 times a week can help too.
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Old 11-23-2019, 01:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with the poster above. I can’t tell from the pictures (even my 5 y/o was almost always a blur in photos!). Any abnormality or change of unknown cause should be checked by a knowledgeable vet as soon as possible. There are many possibilities but most are simple to treat, especially when noticed and addressed early.

If there is any combination of redness/discolouration, warmth, pus, and odour, or if she seems to recoil in pain when you touch her near the bump, then it is most likely an infection that would require emergency care (usually antibiotics and sometimes drainage). Non-infectious conditions are urgent but unless rapidly changing, the soonest reasonable appointment would be sufficient.
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Old 11-25-2019, 07:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I do see the lump in the first picture and it is something that I would get checked out to find out what it is.
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Old 12-03-2019, 01:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Travel probably has her grumpy but that wouldn't result in a bump. It might be a tumor but on the other hand it might just be a cyst(pocket of pus similar to a zit, my old boy King Robert used to get them all the time) If it's a cyst you can just leave it alone and puncture it when it gets big enough to drain, but you're gonna have to have the vet's say so to see what it is.
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