Hello all, I have always gone to these forums to seek hedgehog advice for as long as I've had my Axel. He is almost five years old and an incredibly friendly, happy, active hog and always seemed fairly healthy to me. As of late, I've noticed a particular large amount loss of quills (I am certain it's not mites, I've checked before and always has fleece or carefresh) in addition to a huge growth on his forehead which almost looks like a big boil or blister. It's above the skin and doesn't seem to go deep into the skin as my hedge was kind enough to let me feel around, but the thing is HUGE, probably the size of his ear! Curiously enough there's an opening in the middle (kind of the size of a quill!) however it looks really bad. My vet said it could be either a tumor which is probable or a cyst. I've seen pictures online and I don't think my little man has either of those however I still scheduled his surgery for tomorrow for removal of whatever growth is on his head. I am now feeling very queasy as I hope I am making the right decision, as if it's cancerous I definitely wouldn't want it to spread. I wish I knew how to post a picture on here but I hope I was descriptive enough.