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hedgehog is kind of red on his underbelly

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my hedgehog seems to be scratching a lot and doesn't have much fur on his underbelly and it all seems to be kind of pink and redish. behind his ears is kind of flaky, with a few red blotches (i assume to be scabs).
I have been checking him for mites daily but i don't ever see anything moving on him or anything. I got scared when i saw the red blotches, but when i touch them it doesn't move so i assume they are scabs from him scratching and stuff. so i have just bathed him in flax seed oil (about 3 drops in the water) and i hope this helps him out. I really hate to see him in so much pain :(

Is it normal for his underbelly to not have much fur? he seems to not have much fur around his ears either.. i don't know if that is normal, but where the scabs are right underneath his ears there is no hair at all.

any help on this will help me and my little hedgie ^.^ Thank you in advance.
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Immortalia said:
Hedgies, like humans, have allergies. It could be that it's his bedding, considering it seems that his underbelly is affected the most.
That's what I was thinking too... If something is only affecting his belly and nowhere else, it seems like the problem might be caused by something the belly has a lot of contact with. What kind of bedding is he on? And if it's liners, what detergent/farbric softeners are you using?
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