Food Additives to Help Dry Skin

Nov 30, 2015 by

Food Additives to Help Dry Skin
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    Some hedgehog owners have found that food additives or supplements may also help improve skin quality.

  • We suggest using food additives or supplements only under veterinary supervision.
  • The following information is a summary of products used by other hedgehog enthusiasts but we cannot personally recommend any of the following products from our own experience.

Flax Seed Oil

  • Flax Seed Oil is reported to help dry skin, aid in digestion, and is beneficial for overall good health.
  • It can be purchased at any health food store.
  • It should be refrigerated.
  • Many breeders buy flax seed oil caplets from their local drugstore.
  • These convenient capsules can be punctured on one to allow a small amount of oil to come out.
  • If your hedgehog’s food does not already contain flax seed oil, you can also add a few drops to your hedgehog’s food.
  • The kibble will readily absorb the flax seed oil. This can be repeated daily.
  • Too much flax seed oil can cause diarrhea.

I think what really helps his skin is adding the flax oil to his food. I feed Hejji two teaspoons of chicken or turkey baby food with flax oil each night. I mix 2 capsules of flaxseed oil in the little jar, then freeze the baby food + flax oil mixture in a mini ice cube tray, once frozen I store the cubes of food in plastic bag in freezer = super easy. I think some people pour flaxseed oil over the dry food, but Hejji won’t touch it like that.

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Spectrum Essential Organic Oil

  • This product contains Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids.
  • It is found in the refrigerated section of some health food stores.
  • Only one small drop per day is necessary while the problem persists then only a couple times a week on a maintenance level.

Fish Oil Concentrate with Omega 3 Fatty Acids

  • One drop added to the food two or three times a week is a typical recommended dose.
  • It will most likely take about one month to show improvement.
  • The fish oil is also good for the heart.
  • Fish oil does contain high levels of Vitamin A and D  (both of which are fat-soluble) which means the level taken must be highly monitored as toxic effects can occur with overdoses of A and D.
  • Fish oil may cause the hedgehog’s stool to have a stronger odor.
  • It must be kept refrigerated and tightly sealed or it will go rancid.

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