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Old 04-12-2019, 03:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Marley - Probable WHS - Necropsy

Hi All, I had to let my Marley go today. It's hit me A LOT harder than I thought it would. We DO think it was WHS. The vet did the necropsy for free. That isn't normal, is it? He went out of his way to be kind? Nothing abnormal with the general necropsy. I emailed Mar's breeder to see if he'll pay for the specialist pathology but he hasn't responded yet. It's only $135. Is that a low, low fee also? I'm hoping the breeder will respond but, if not, should I try to scrape the $$$ together to pay for it myself? To submit to the WHS study on the Hedgehog Welfare website? I mean, I know it's important but money is tight. Still, I LOVED my boy & want to help in any way I can to help find answers for this condition. Maybe I'll see if the vet can let me pay them later. Curious too about the normal fees for necropsies & pathology. It probably varies from state to state. Thanks for listening & any advice would be appreciated. He was such a handsome, sweet boy.
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Old 04-12-2019, 12:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The lab fee sounds reasonable to me. Lab work isn't cheap but it can be extremely educations. The last one I did was about $131.

My vet has never charged me for a gross necropsy. I think he does that as a gross necropsy can help him learn what he was dealing with, if he was chasing the right thing, and potentially how to help a future patient.

Whether or not you want to pay for a pathology is up to you. I tend to send them off when we really are confused as to what happened, but more importantly will the results help us learn something that will help a future hedgehog.

Its up to you if you do it. Its pricey, and there is no guarantee you'll get answers. I've had reports come back that just confused us more.
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Old 04-12-2019, 04:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thx, I did go ahead & pay for it. You're probably right that my vet wanted to know more himself. He'd quoted me about $400 then called back and said $135. Probably first hedgehog he's ever done a necropsy on & he didn't know the pathology cost either. I'll post the results in case anyone is interested in learning more about this. Is there anywhere else I should send the results, in addition to the Hedgehog Welfare Society?
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Old 04-14-2019, 12:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear of Marleys passing. He can rest easy now. How old was he and was he with you for long?
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Old 04-14-2019, 03:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you. He was the perfect hedgehog for a first time owner. I got Marley in October of last year. Had him about six month. He was 2 years and a couple months old when I let him go. He was so sweet. He deserved a longer life - but some things are just beyond our control.
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