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Old 09-01-2008, 12:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Dry skin

There are many causes of dry skin

- mites
- dry air
- quilling
- bacterial & fungal infections

Hedgehogs are naturally prone to dry skin. Usually it looks like fine dust like particles on their skin and in their bedding. There are numerous ways to help their skin.

Bathing with one of the following…

- Aveeno oatmeal body wash. http://www.aveeno.com/productDetail.do?prodid=3646
- Aveeno soothing bath treatment http://www.aveeno.com/productDetail.do?prodid=3640
- Moisturizing kitten or puppy shampoo. Puppy shampoo is usually more highly scented which your hedgehog may not like
- Oatmeal. Take a fistful of plain oatmeal, put in a sock or cloth and swish in the water until the water is cloudy.

Final rinse water with
- a few drops of vitamin E oil added
- a few drops of flax seed oil added
- a few drops of olive oil added

Remember not to use too much or you will have a slippery hedgehog.

You can also treat dry skin internally by adding a few drops of flax seed oil on your hedgehogs food 2-3 times per week. Don’t add too much or it might give him or her diarrhea.

Dry air

Just like us, your hedgehogs skin will get dry in the winter. Adding some moisture to the air will help.


Mites will cause dry skin. If your hedgehog has flakes of skin coming off and he is scratching, he may have mites. Mites also cause quill loss and bald patches. Your vet will do a skin scraping to check for mites but sometimes a skin scrapping can be negative if the mites are not present where the scrapping was done.

Revolution is recommended for mites. Many vets will want to use Ivermectin but ivermectin has been the cause of many hedgehog deaths. Do not allow your hedgehog to be treated with ivermectin.

Fungus and bacterial infections can also cause dry skin. Your vet will do a skin scrapping and will prescribe antibiotic if necessary.
* * * Nancy * * *

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