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12-03-2013 05:07 PM
Haley Yay! I'm so happy to hear this!

Thank you for updating, this is valuable information for all of us.
12-03-2013 03:27 PM
Annie&Tibbers Yay!!

Thank you for keeping us all updated on this, and I'm so glad you've found a solution to make your tiny friend happy & healthy again.
12-03-2013 02:14 PM
Lilysmommy Glad to hear he's feeling better! Thanks for the update, and I hope he continues to improve until all is normal again.
12-03-2013 01:52 PM
artistshrugged Final Update: After a few days of the medication Reggie has improved drastically. He has had no reaction to the spray, his skin has cleared up quite a bit, and his quill loss has slowed. He is still not completely better, but his improvements make me confident that we have arrived at a solution. Thanks for the help everyone!
12-02-2013 06:36 PM
shetland Artustshrugged; I really think it is wonderful how you make sure to assess and follow up on any symptom, sign, etc concerning Reggie. It is always so nice to see such responsible people.
12-02-2013 05:42 PM
Annie&Tibbers Atlas: all you can really do is keep an eye on him, see if he is still freaking out about the medication later. The archive has at least a few stories of hedgehogs who spooked at the first application of the medication (sometimes even prompting their humans to do an emergency-bath to wash it off), then be totally fine with it later.

But, still keep an eye out for any inflammation, redness, or other signs that he's having a negative reaction to the medication. Good luck!

Jingy: you'd have better luck starting your own thread. That could be as simple as dry skin and quilling, or it could be mites, or something else.
12-02-2013 03:49 PM
jngy slate one of my hedgehogs also seems to have dry skin and seems to be dropping flakes around her shoebox. (which is temporary) i dont know if its an infection or mites or quilling or what. i got them a couple of weeks ago from a breeder that had them on aspen? she is now losing maybe 20 or 25 quills a day, they have bulbs on the end of them. i dont know if they frantically scratch or not, but it seems to be scratching that goes on for one or two minutes. i dont know if a vet i took her to could even diagnose a bacterial skin infection or fungus
11-21-2013 07:52 PM
artistshrugged We applied the spray to his skin about an hour or so again. At first he seemed fine, but then he started obsessively itching a certain spot on his back. I gave him a water rinse in case it was too much product and that helped for a few minutes. However, as soon as he was dry he started itching and shaking again. When I went to put him in his cage he ran into his bag, but instead of settling he ran in tiny circles in it while shaking off and popping. Anyone know what could be happening? His skin doesnt look inflamed at all, so I don't think it is an allergic reaction. I am feeling nervous and everyone seems to think I am overreacting
11-21-2013 05:46 PM
artistshrugged The vet called with the lab results today. There was growth but instead of a true infection it appears to be a contaminant (acremonium). When I told her he was still experiencing quill loss and skin flakiness she prescribed chlorhexidine spray that should clear up any irritation or microorganisms left on his skin. He will also be getting another dose of Revolution this week. I am hoping this will be the end of the ordeal. I have hope, because while his skin is still flaky the yellow crustiness has gone away, and the quill loss has mostly slowed.
11-08-2013 08:20 PM
Lilysmommy Agreed, thanks for the update! I'm also very glad you guys got the beginnings of an answer. I hope you get the rest of the results back soon & get him feeling better soon!

And while I'm not glad that you guys are going through this...this is also kind of nice, since it gives more information regarding excessively flaky skin & quill loss possibly being more than just simple dry skin or mites. Definitely something to keep in mind for helping future people experiencing these symptoms.
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