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Old 12-22-2014, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I started noticing my 2 year old male scratching quite a bit while out in his cage at night about a month ago so I figured it was just dry skin and started giving him a soak in flaxseed oil and water (once or twice a week) and putting flaxseed on his food. I Also noticed shortly after that he was losing a fair amount of quills (barbs still attached) but assumed it was a by product of dry skin. In the sat week or two I haven't noticed him scratching as much but my hubby says he has. So I figured the flaxseed just needed more time to work

But tonight when I had him out and he annoited himself he poked his little bum out and boy is it red. He's quite a grumpy boy so I rarely get much of a look at anything more than his nose and quills. He has fleece bedding and I've never changed his food (royal canin cat food). Just wondering if it is in fact just dey skin that's become irritated from scratching or if it's worth a trip to the vet?

A recommendation for exotic pet vet in durham region (ontario) would be much appreciated

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Tori and Walter
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Old 12-22-2014, 11:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It could be mites, the best thing would be to take him in to the vet and get some Revolution for him. Just be sure to not let the vet use Ivermec or Ivermectin no matter what they say. There have been deaths from the use of it in hedgehogs. Sorry I'm in western Canada so I can't help with finding a vet. Did you check out the vet listings here in on the forum?
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Old 12-29-2014, 11:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nikki, thanks, I'm making an appointment this week after checking the reccomendations.
I'm curious as to how he could have gotten mites though as he uses fleece bedding? Any ideas
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