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Old 12-27-2014, 01:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Red spots, different behaviors


Recently I've been experiencing weird behaviors with my/girlfriends hedgehog named Daisy. We bought her home a little over a month ago and all was well. She is about 7-8 weeks old and from a breeder.

She has 2 huge homes connected by tunnels in our living room. Nothing has really changed in her eating habits or her living situation. Recently she did discover her wheel and started running on it all night. She is littered trained and doesnt eat anything other than her cat food.

The only real change or recent events I can think of are...(before the issue)

1. She poops/pees on her wheel every night, we attempt to clean it ASAP.
2. Took her on a road trip (slept the whole time)
3. Took her to visit Adult family for the holidays (playtime was about 10 mins total)
4. Made a aspen play pen for her (took it away a day after) (We switched to fabric liner cause she kept sneezing)

(Present Issue)

Lately Daisy has been acting a little weird; shes more grouchy, upset, and less social. She usually allows us to pet and pick her up freely. At first we figured it was due to her quilling, we do see some loose quills around her home. She was often scratching herself, and was given about 3 baths in the time we had her. We still don't suspect mites. We are afraid she has very dry skin causing some sort of skin irritation.

We treated her recently with flaxseed oil in a bath. Also going to put some on her food starting tonight.

So the real issues here are, she has red spots near her head and back area. Not on her butt, but around where the quills end. It looks swollen and red. Shes super touchy lately, even the smallest touch would put her into a ball. She also seems to be resting a lot, resting as in staying in one spot for a long period of time. She doesn't seek her tunnel or a dark spot, she simply sits there in a ball as if shes too weak to do what she does....

Today I realized, there is a black spot near her back. Im concerned it could be something bad. I'm still not too sure what I should do about that. Googled found me some topics saying that was normal. Any input?

I did call my a vet today to schedule a appointment, but was told to call back tomorrow morning to see if they could see us. So Im worried, I want to be patient but also want some advice on what to do in the mean time.

However Ill post some pictures to help with the advice. Pix (from left #1 to right #2,3,4,5,6,7)

#1 - Her healthly
#2-3 red spots on her head (We thought from quilling)
#4-7 Red swollen spots near her butt where the quills stop
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Old 12-27-2014, 11:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's possible that she might have mites. I'd say schedule another vet appointment and let them check her over.
You can also try using a black shirt and rubbing it down her spines, then see if any bits come off and check if anything's moving. If you don't see anything moving, don't rule out mites! You could have just not gotten any of them on the shirt.

Also, the dark spot, if it's not a lumpy or raised in anyway it might just be mottling.
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Old 12-27-2014, 01:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So another question that I have, her cat food has herring in it. My girlfriend picked the food, herring is something related to fish. I read somewhere that fish is bad for hedgehogs?

This true? if so this could be causing a allergic reaction, but we've had her on this food brand for over a month. Nothing changed till she got those swollen red spots.
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Old 12-27-2014, 01:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Herring is fine. Fish can sometimes cause stinky poops, but that's the only concern, and it's typically when fish is the main ingredient. Even then, it depends on the hedgehog. Some people have fed fish-based foods with no problems.

My guess for her problems would be a skin infection. She's around the right age for quilling, which would cause the quill loss, grumpiness, and sensitivity. That's all normal for quilling babies, since it hurts. Since there's many quills breaking the skin as they grow in, that opens the way for potential infections. Go ahead & call for an appointment with the vet. You can get Revolution to treat her with just in case it is mites (it's usually easier to just treat for mites to rule them out than test since it's very easy to get a false negative if you don't scrape or check where the mites are). The vet will probably also do a skin scraping to test for an infection.

Good luck, and hopefully it turns out to be nothing!
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Old 12-27-2014, 05:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yea hopefully everythings fine, no appointment till monday but she seems alright.

All I really notice is, how red she is. I believe the swollen skin also went down a little. My breeder sent me a email back today saying it might be a allergic reaction to something we are using. So Ill probably hear back from him today too.
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