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Old 04-17-2014, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Dry skin or mites?

Ok well, here's the deal. Demi isn't having massive quill loss, she's lost maybe one or two. She doesn't go through itching frenzies, I don't think. I hear her sometimes in the early morning, after she's gone to bed. She scratches once or twice and goes back to sleep. I also go to bed late and I never hear her scratch and she doesn't do it when she's out with us.

I was concerned though, so when she was out in her blanket the other night I looked at the blanket where she had been sitting. In her wake she had left what looked like skin flakes. I looked at them very very carefully and none appeared to be moving. My mind immediately said ok dry skin, but could it be the beginning of mites? She uses fleece liner, and aside from my birds (who she has little to no contact with) she's not exposed to any other animals.

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Old 04-18-2014, 12:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like dry skin to me! Some flaxseed or olive oil in the rinsewater of her bath should help. And though it takes longer, flaxseed oil or Sunshine Factor (palm oil) on her food a couple times a week can help as well.
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flaxseed oil work wonders
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Old 05-31-2014, 06:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I know that Aloe is edible has anyone ever considered letting them eat Aloe and anoiting themselves with it. Just currious.
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I wouldn't try it. Aloe is mildly toxic to dogs and cats, and I found this -
"Aloes contain anthraquinone glycosides which are purgatives (medications that encourage bowel movements). When ingested, these glycosides are metabolized by intestinal bacteria forming compounds that increase mucus production and water in the colon. This can result in vomiting and diarrhea. Other clinical signs seen with aloe vera ingestion include depression, anorexia, changes in urine color, and rarely, tremors." from http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/aloe-vera/ An overdose for a hedgehog would be a very, very small amount, and at any rate, there's no guarantee that the hedgehog would eat it or annoint with it anyway.
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