Food Additives for Dry Skin

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June 1, 2019 / HEALTH

FOOD ADDITIVES FOR DRY SKIN

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It's no secret that our New England weather is often described as dry. We've found that our hedgehogs can sometimes suffer from dry skin just like their human counterparts.

No need to worry, there's some great supplements on the market that can help alleviate dry skin. It's always a great idea to consult with your local veterinarian before adding any supplements to your hedgehog's diet.

The following information is a summary of products we've personally used and found to work well at alleviating dry skin.
FLAX SEED OIL

Flax Seed Oil can be a great solution to dry skin, help aid in digestion, and is beneficial for overall health. It can be purchased at most health food stores. Flax Seed Oil should be refrigerated to prevent spoiling. These capsules can be punctured to allow a small amount of oil to come out. You can drip the oil directly onto 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, so you'll want to start out with a small amount until you find the perfect balance.


Spectrum Essential Organic Oil

This product contains Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. It's usually found in the refrigerated section of some health food stores. Only a 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 firsh oil is also good for the heart. Fish oil does contain high levels of Vitamin A and D (both of which are fat-soluable) which means the level taken must be highly monitored as toxic effects can occus 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 sour.