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Spring Quilling?

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I have a question regarding my Quillamina. She has been dropping just a few more quills than usual since the warm weather started, and I've seen a few new ones poking through her skin, poor thing. I've examined her skin as carefully as she will allow, and aside from a little bit of dander, which she always has, I've seen nothing odd. No moving white things, and when she was last at the vet (about two weeks ago, I think) to be checked out, the vet didn't see anything concerning, either. No fungus, no mites, seemingly no rhyme or reason to it at all.

So, due to all this, I feel the need to ask: do hedgehogs shed more quills during the spring, as many animals shed their fur/hair? That's really the only thing I can think of to explain it, but I can't be sure, especially since Loki doesn't seem to be doing it. Then again, it's much harder to examine him than it is to get a good look at Quilly, since he's such a little brat and likes to wriggle. <3

Any insight would be much appreciated, thanks very much.
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Could it be possible she has ringworm?
My Pineapple had quill loss and dandruff too. I thought it was just quilling since she was only 14 weeks at the time, but I took her to the vets just to be sure.
They ruled out mites and did a lamp test for ringworm which she tested negative for.
But they did a scrape test to do a fungal culture just to be sure and her test came back positive for ringworm.
For a whole month and a half the only symptom she showed was losing quills and nothing else but just recently she's started to lose a lot of fur and the skin behind her ears has turned red.
It takes several weeks for the fungal culture test results to come out and the symptoms aren't very obvious in the beginning so you might want to get her tested early just in case.

Not trying to worry you though and I'm no expert:) Ringworm does seem unlikely since your hedgie is growing new quills. Just bringing up a possibility.
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