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Old 08-11-2014, 12:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sticky poop and extremely dry skin?

Hey, so I've never posted here before because I usually find my answers from my breeder or using the search, but I haven't come across anything and I've lost a little faith in my breeder when she recommended I use ivermectin.

My breeder gave me my new baby as a gift after my 6 month old hedgie passed away and she had nowhere for this new baby to go and I'm a little worried about her.

We picked her up around a week ago, when she was 9 weeks old, and when she pooped it was very sticky, but normal coloured. It's not constantly like this, but more often than not. I also noticed that her feet were a little dry and her ears flaky and quite tattered - almost like the skin was peeling - and she was very small in comparison.

We mentioned the poop to the breeder to which she suggested an ivermectin product to cure it, which I politely refused. She claims to have used it for years with no problem, but I won't risk it. I continued to treat the skin as with my previous hedgie: Vitamin E, flaxseed and an Aveeno bath.

Shortly after I caught her chewing at her paws and it concerned me, but it was right after clipping her nails -which I think the breeder had left too long- so maybe it just felt different to her.

The following day her skin was awful, the worst I've seen. It was beyond dry and looked almost like it was flaking from all four legs, a little on her tail and a small patch on her nose. She looked like she had a bad skin condition that had come up overnight. I did a quick search on here and seen about allergic reactions or the urine breaking down the skin, so I gave her a bath.

The next morning her legs looked almost perfect with very little dry skin between the toes, but by the evening when I got her out they were dry and flaking again and she seemed very agitated.

I'm unsure what it could be, maybe something fungal for the skin?
She is quilling, but the dry skin isn't as bad between her quills and is the normal, dandruff kind of dry skin, whereas the skin coming from her legs is in larger flakes. I've checked for mites and found nothing. Her quills still have the little ball on the end and aren't falling out any more than my previous hedgehog's when she was quilling. She is eating and drinking fine, we've kept her on the same mix as the breeder suggested, a mix of four different cat biscuits, which both mine and my sister's have had no problem on, as well as a little chicken or veggies.

Both me and my sister have had a hedgie from this breeder with no problem, but this time she doesn't seem so good. Almost like because my baby was free she didn't care for her so well?

I do plan on taking her to the vet but I was hoping you guys might have an idea? I'm in the UK and I know an exotic vet I can take her to, but I'm aware that the vets aren't always as knowledgeable about hedgehogs as they make out to be, so I don't want them doing anything wrong.

Thank you!
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think taking her to the vet is probably the best idea.
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