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Old 04-29-2020, 09:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Starting to have dry skin

Hi there! My almost four month old hedgehog seems to be getting dry skin, and I was wondering if you have any tips on what I can do to combat that? So far, I drizzle flaxseed oil on his food, but is there anything else I can do? Thank you!
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Old 04-29-2020, 11:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi! I use a warm mist humidifier in my hedgie's room and that works like a charm for her. The air gets very dry in the winter here, and it makes both hedgehog and human skin dry and itchy I turn it on at night only, and I notice that after a couple of nights with the humidifier running, Pearl basically stops her scratching and I don't notice any dry flaky skin anywhere on her.

I bought my humidifier on Amazon. It's pretty compact and one full tank, even though small, lasts the whole night.
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Old 04-30-2020, 02:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You can also use hypocare spray or Leucillin spray.
You just spray it on their quills ideally when they are balled up because then it gets to the skin better!

Oat baths are supposed to be good too, though you have to be careful not to give water baths too much because this can dry the skin more.
An oat bath is when you get some oats into some netted material and run the warm on them till the water comes out sorta milky looking.
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Old 04-30-2020, 09:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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First thought is always how often are you bathing him. Bathing too often can wash away the natural oils on their skin.

If you use substrate bedding, you may want to try a different variety or swap to fabric. Some substrate beddings can cause dry skin.

Something else you can try which is very very basic... brush him. Get a very soft toothbrush and brush him routinely with it. They often will not like it in the beginning as they have no idea what you are doing, but given time you may find your hedgehog enjoys it. I have one now who huffs at me when I start, stretches out after a few brushes and gets mad when I stop. I guess it feels good.

Brushing can help remove the dead skin from them, you can also get any fuzzy bits from fabric out of their quills, and it helps clean their quills of any anointing bits left behind without having to give them a bath. My belief is that it also helps distribute the natural oils on their skin making the skin healthier.

I have a girl now who had bad dry skin this winter. I started brushing her a couple of times a week initially and her skin started to look better. Over time I decreased the number of brushings to once every 2 weeks and her skin continues to look good and her quills sparkle.

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