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Old 01-02-2019, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is a bit of a long post, as there is a bit of back story...

I’ve recently rescued 2 female hedgies, roughly 2 years old. They didn’t come in the best of shape, unfortunately. They are under weight and have VERY dry skin. Definitely no mites though.

One has been scratching really badly today. I gave her a bath last night and used the same hypo-allergenic baby shampoo I used on my previous girl, extra rinsed her, all that good stuff. Made sure she was warm and dry before putting her to bed.

I ordered a special spray for them to help, as it came highly recommended to me. (Coconut Quills by Hedgehogs and Friends).

In the meantime though, any recommendations on something to help ease the itchiness?? I have a spray for my cats (I’m a groomer),UltraMax by Best Shot, which is safe for newborn kittens and puppies. The ingredients are: Water, Aminomodified Silicone-Polyether Copolymer, Acetamidoprpoyl Trimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Silk Protein, Glycerin, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Glycerol, DMDM Hydantoin Rosemary, Sweet Pea Botanical Essence, Citric Acid.

Would this be safe for them for a couple days? My previous girl never had dry skin issues, so this is unfortunately a new one for me.. but she’s just so uncomfortable.
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Old 01-02-2019, 04:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would try and stay away from shampoos as they strip the oils from their skin. I use an Aveeno Body Wash for babies as it contains oatmeal which is very good for hedgie dry skin. Or you could just use plain old oats to help in the meantime. I don't have any experience in sprays and have never used any, I usually just stick to oatmeal baths.
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Old 01-02-2019, 04:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, I’m worried that I made it worse by bathing her with it last night...

I actually also got a special wash from the Hedgehogs and Friends too, so once they come then I can help them get on the right track. I just hate seeing her so itchy for a few more days.
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Old 01-02-2019, 05:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah I would just try make her nice and comfortable by changing out all her cage quite often until the spray comes and see if it helps
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Old 01-03-2019, 02:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ours has the same
Problem. It’s bwwn getting worse for weeks. I’ve been to different vets who can’t seem him. Finally
Got him into a vet tomorow . Looking at everyone’s posts on here I think hedgy may have mites? His eyes are closed
As when I took the photo my son
Scared him 😓
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Yeah a vet visit would be best as it does look like mites
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That looks like a severe mite infection. It take a long time for them to get crusty patches like on his face.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I ordered the shampoo and cocnut spray you are talking about. Its been a great product for my girls. Its funny, we are in a parallel universe right now.

I'm also a groomer and rescued a pair of 2+ year old female hedgies right after Thanksgiving. Mine had horible skin also but the oposite in weight problems. They were both obese. One of them was already getting sick with fatty liver disease and died just before Christmas. The other one is doing ok though and is slowly but surly loosing weight and has good skin now.

Good luck with your babies😊
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