Causes Of Dry Skin

Causes Of Dry Skin

In order to treat the dry skin, it is necessary to understand potential causes of the problem. Several factors may contribute to the dryness, but the problem will not be completely eliminated without treating the specific problem. Quilling Varying degrees of quill... Read More
Dry Skin Treatments

Dry Skin Treatments

Treatment Overview The first step in treatment is to look at a clean, completely dry hedgehog. Our Bathing Articles describe an oatmeal bath, how to bathe your hedgehog, dead skin removal, and simple skin care tips. Various owners and breeders treat simple dry skin... Read More
Fungal Infections

Fungal Infections

Overview Small amounts of fungal spores can be found on the skin of healthy humans and animals. An overgrowth of fungus can cause infections and dry skin. Fungal infections and bacterial infections may be found at the same time. Dermatophytes are fungi that can cause... Read More
Integument (Skin) Issues

Integument (Skin) Issues

The most common reason that hedgehogs see veterinarians is for skin conditions. Pruitis (Itchiness) Scratching can cause redness or damage to the skin, which could lead to secondary infection. Scratching frequently often causing self trauma Other Causes for Scratching... Read More
Mites & Other Ectoparasites

Mites & Other Ectoparasites

General Information The information below is not meant to scare you but to make you aware of this common problem. With proper diagnosis and treatment mites can be eradicated with little more trouble than a minor inconvenience. According to Heidi Hoefer, in Clinical... Read More
Oatmeal Baths for Dry Skin

Oatmeal Baths for Dry Skin

If your hedgehog has dry skin an oatmeal bath might just be the soothing relief your hedgie needs.  The colloidal properties of oatmeal can be a great relief for dry, flaky, itchy skin (for you or your hedgehog!). What You Will Need A shallow dishpan is the perfect... Read More
Overview Of The Skin

Overview Of The Skin

Healthy Skin The epidermis and dermis are the two primary mammalian skin layers. The epidermis is the topmost layer is the selectively permeable skin barrier. It is called the dead skin layer, which provides waterproofing and serves as a barrier to damage. The dermis... Read More
Quilling

Quilling

The Process of Quilling There are times when a hedgehog will shed large numbers of quills and replace shed ones with new ones.  This process is called quilling. The quilling process is different than the replacement of spines that are lost individually. Quilling is a... Read More
Scratching

Scratching

Bed Head Hedgehogs often scratch a bit when they first wake up or after they are handled. One might compare this scratching to fluffing out a “bed head” hairdo. Hedgehogs’ skin may also feel tight or need to be scratched when their spines are out of alignment. Some... Read More
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