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Old 09-14-2011, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What would you say is the avg cost of a checkup? I am in the process of looking around for a vet and the one I called said the check up would be 67 (CAD) and 129.25 for 15 mins of anesthesia if needed. Does that sound about right?
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It varies with each and every vet the key is finding one that is actually knowledgeable and experienced with hedgehogs or open to learning.
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It varys with each vet, thought mine only costs $50 for a checkup!
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If it's only a routine check up, they should be able to look at her without putting her under. One of my girls is very shy and grumpy and our vet always manages to take a good look at her without anesthesia.

If I were you I would look for a vet who will do a routine check up without anesthesia. As with any other animals, gassing them has its risks.
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Agreed. For some reason I got a bit nervous when I read that. As though the only way to deal with a grumpy hedgehog is to gas it. Not to say that is what they'd do, but it just gave me the feeling that it's an option they'd push quickly...
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WOW! $67 is probably about average for a visit but $129 for gas is insane and they sure don't need to be out for 15 minutes.

I would not allow gas for a routine checkup. It's simply not worth the risk and even shy hedgehogs can get somewhat of an exam if you and the vet work together.
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When I took my boys in for a checkup they had to put Watson under anesthesia because he rolls up SO tight there was no other way to handle it. He was only under a couple of minutes. Hopefully at his next checkup he'll be better, he's getting much calmer as he gets older. I cannot afford to have him put under every time a vet needs to look at him - and I'm not comfortable with it.

For a general checkup on 2 hogs, plus the anesthesia, plus a pound of food, I paid around $180 (us)
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They didn't say that anesthesia was mandatory. They let me know the prices after I asked about nail cutting, and they said if he would be a trouble during the checkup.
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They didn't say that anesthesia was mandatory. They let me know the prices after I asked about nail cutting, and they said if he would be a trouble during the checkup.
Just make sure they exhaust all other options before gassing there are many ways to get nails trimmed if they try but sometimes it is the only option as long as they aren't trigger happy about the gas.
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They didn't say that anesthesia was mandatory. They let me know the prices after I asked about nail cutting, and they said if he would be a trouble during the checkup.
Just make sure they exhaust all other options before gassing there are many ways to get nails trimmed if they try but sometimes it is the only option as long as they aren't trigger happy about the gas.
Yeah for sure- seeing that it wouldn't be too good for them , and I can't really afford it D:
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