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Old 06-22-2013, 09:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So Dia Rose's ears were looking a little dry. I applied coconut oil and olive oil to them topically. I switched her CSW out for a saucer wheel only because she was running so much that the poop would cover her and I was having to bathe her more than I wanted to. I used olive oil in the bath, and aveeno oatmeal wash when I did bathe her but haven't in over a month since I switched the wheels...we hate the saucer wheel in comparison. I let her out and run on her CSW during play time and she'll actually run in the light because she misses her wheel so much. She will run on the saucer wheel at night but not quite as much. I also started using flaxseed oil about a month ago and now her ears look less dry. All of the sudden this week it looks like something is taking small chunks out of her ears! I cannot for the life of me figure this out! Other than that she is very healthy but a bit more grumpy than usual.

She is on fleece and has been since I got her. I tried carefresh as a litter and hated it so its been paper towels in her litter box since. No contact with wood chips for months. She eats Blue Buffalo, Natural Balance, and one other from recommended list I can't think of. All are a bit higher in fat but she is an avid runner and if anything was on the too thin side until I switched wheels and she's a little plumper. She drinks from a bowl, gets mealies as snacks as wells as fruit. Occasional boiled chicken and rice. Sometimes a spot of yogurt. I can't think of anything else.

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If it's just her ears, try rubbing a little vaseline on them every day and that should help.
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Is your house dry? I find a humidifier helps for their skin if it is
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I'll try vaseline now and our house was dry in the winter but now its humid. Soooo humid! Ugggh. And we don't have AC. I may try a humidifier.
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My new hedgie's ears looked pretty ragged, and his forehead between his ears didn't look so great either, and he was always really itchy. I applied coconut oil with a Qtip to the ears in the bath and the forehead, and by the second time he already looked better. I just did the third time and now he's so relaxed I can even rub it into his ears with my fingers. The extra coconut oil in the water seems to be helping the itching a lot. I don't know if it's the contact or the treatment, but he has become substantially less aggressive since his ears cleared up, we're becoming friends! I was wondering if it was ever going to happen, but he seems like a happy hedgie now. Good luck!
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