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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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Honestly, your best bet would be to take him to the vets and whether mites are seen or not, to just treat for them anyways, so you can at least rule that out as a cause.

I brought my hedgie recently to the vets to get treated for mites. There were no signs of any mites on him, the vet didn't see anything, but we treated him with revolution anyways.

Also, what kind of litter are you using? And has there been any recent changes in his diet? Hedgies, like humans, have allergies. It could be that it's his bedding, considering it seems that his underbelly is affected the most.
It actually could be the carefresh. There was another post recently, about how someone was using carefresh and their hedgie was developing dry itchy sores. Something about how the carefresh was too absorbent and dried the hedgie's skin too much. I'll have to see if I can find that post.

*Edit* I found it
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