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Old 01-11-2020, 10:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default birthmark? and broken quills

my hedgehog is almost 3 years old and she’s still quilling every once in awhile they’ll fall out (with the bulb) and she has some growing in, some are like stuck in the skin and won’t come out all the way. she has a quill that looks like there’s blood in it like how birds get those blood feather things idk. her skin seems kinda dry and i can see the bulbs on a lot of her quills even tho they’re still attached to her. i just recently noticed a birthmark looking thing on her side near her back, it’s not really raised or anything but i don’t think i’ve seen it before but idk i have have just not looked that closely before. also some of her quills are bent or curved near her butt but they don’t seem to bother her. i’ll put a picture of the “birthmark” and the growing and broken quills are in it too. is there something seriously wrong
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Old 01-12-2020, 06:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I’m not sure what the birthmark thing is, but I can suggest Flaxeed oil to help with the skin. Even from the picture I can see the flakes of dry skin on the surface. It can also be mites though, so I would take the hog to the vet to have it checked for mites. Or a bacterial infection could also be the cause of it.
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Old 01-13-2020, 02:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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At her age, a quill falling out once in a while is ok, but if they fall out with much frequency, and with the oddness you are seeing, a veterinary visit to rule out infection is a good idea.

Also if you aren't certain that the black spot was there before, I'd have them examine the spot on her rump. It appears to be a bit thicker than the skin around it (or is the image deceiving me?). And if its new, that is concerning.

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