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Old 03-05-2014, 12:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

So another problem... never ends it seems...

This morning I noticed he had a couple of bumps on his head. It looks puffy and whiteish/creamish (slightly colour blind lol). When I was handling him it popped and some gooey stuff leaked out. I put some original polysporin on before I headed to work.

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Recently, I added some tiles to keep the fleece down so he doenst bury under it. Could it be that it happened because he buried under it? I thought it would turn reddish like bruising in humans or is it different for hedgehogs?

Guess this is another to add to list to bring to vet...

On a side noted, I used to keep him in a playpen. He wasn't really active much at night. I found that when I removed his house he would be more active and run around and go on the wheel. Now in a cage lately he hasn't run on wheel (no mess anywhere on it) and always end up under fleece.

he also loses about 25 quills a week. Don't see any baldness thou

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Looks like it could be an ingrown quill that got infected. Keep it clean and the regular polysporin is probably a good idea. If it doesn't improve in a day or two you may want to take him to the vet to make sure the infection isn't worsening.
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Thanks for the reply Abbys, I thought that may have been a possibility but couldn't find many pictures in the searches lol. If it is an ingrown quill should I be able to see a quill coming out too?

The first pic is before it popped.
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Not necessarily. It looks pretty infected already and the inflammation could be hiding the quill. I'm not sure at what point you'll want to see the vet, so hopefully someone with more ingrown quill experience will come along with advice on that.
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I have an appointment booked for Saturday. There's only 1 vet working right now.. hopefully that's not too far away
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Rowdy had a spot on his back for a while that I couldn't peg but the vet and I decided it was an ingrown quill. He'd scratch at it, so it was uncomfortable but never looked like it had puss. Just looked scabby. Rowdy was already on antibiotics from having his eye removed (poor guy had a rough go at it for a while), so we kept him on that a few more days and I also started putting polysporin on the bump area daily. His bump is now gone and his back looks normal
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