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Old 05-30-2013, 04:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Vet worries.

I'm not yet a hedgie mom, but I will be in six to seven weeks! And while I am very sure of the breeder and of myself with any critters, I'm worried about the vets in my area. My main vet, the one I thoroughly trust with my dogs and cats, has no hedgehog experience, according to the receptionist. That at first bothered me, I called every vet office in a fifty mile area. I guess there are no hedgehogs around me.

So at first I was super worried and even thinking about calling this whole thing off. Even though I really have wanted a little hedgehog and have for years.

But I took my dog into my vet for a rabies vaccine and actually talked to the DR. He said while he doesn't have hedgehog experience he does handle exotics and that includes small animals like chinchillas and Guinea pigs. And that he himself has a ferret. And that if I would read up on hedgehogs he would do the same.

So while I feel a little better, I'm still a bit worried. I know there are more experienced vets in my states (idaho) capital - almost 200 miles away. But if something major where to happen... Could I even get up there in time?

So basically what I'm wondering is if I'm crazy for still wanting to bring a hedgehog home. And maybe more importantly what I can suggest to the vet. Such as reading material or well anything.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Vet worries.

If there is a vet near you who is willing to learn about hedgies, I'd suggest having them read the free ebook here: http://westcoasthedgehogs.com/files/hed ... index.html

It's very informative.

But if you can't find a hedgie vet near you, I'd have to say that you'll need to think on whether you can rush a hedgie those 200 miles if there is an emergency, which could be in the middle of the night, and if you can afford the trip financially on top of the vet bills.
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Vet worries.

I may have posted this in the wrong place since only there has been only one reply.

And the vet does emergancies. One of the two that will handle 24 hour emergancies. But the only one that handles small exotics emergancies. He just hasn't handled hedgehogs in years.

And yes I sent him the west coast handbook.
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What city are you in in Idaho, if you don't mind me asking? If you're far enough south, I recommend my vet very highly-- Dr. Mario Durrant with Cache Meadow Vet. He has a decent amount of hedgehog experience under his belt from caring for the Storybook Hedgehog herd, and by gosh he does so much research! He is phenomenal. When one of our boys, Odd, had a proptosed eye, he did the enucleation and it has healed up so well! He has done the skin biopsies for my diabetic rescue boy, the enucleation on Odd, check ups on all of my herd-- he's great.
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm sorry it took this long to reply. Been super busy.
I'm in Twin Falls. About four hours from SLC. and since I'm heading your way to pick up a little hedgie, when they are ready! I won't mind going down that way to visit a vet for very important issues.
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