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Old 10-16-2012, 11:55 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Thanks Larry.

Taking advice online can be very difficult. There are so many different opinions on how to do things, and so many different levels of experience. My suggestion is to use the advice you get here to help you continue your own research. Ask people if they have actually experienced the situation. And then use that information to continue your conversation with a veterinarian. Keep in mind there are no experts here. Each of us have had experiences with different situations.

I would like to also ask people who lend advice to be careful. If you haven't experienced a situation, stop and reconsider posting advice you have read elsewhere. We have seen far too many times key information lost in the translation. It can be difficult to recognize key pieces of information when you haven't encountered the situation before.

For example, I have limited baby experience. I don't reply to most baby postings because I don't have the experience to backup the advice. One minor detail left out and I may cause an entire litter to be cannibalized.

When you put it that way...why would you risk all those baby lives?? Great responsibility...and motivation to keep my newbie mouth shut haha!
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:33 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I'm bumping this thread as a reminder about giving and taking advice.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:59 PM   #23 (permalink)
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PLEASE people... don't just assume that someone will correct you if you give unsound advice. Posts get missed, sometimes entire threads get overlooked. If you are a relatively new owner with little to no experience with health issues (like me!!), stop posting advice! If you're concerned about a particular post, PM an experienced owner/breeder/mod. Imagine how YOU would feel if you got bad advice from someone who acted as if they had years of experience when all they were doing was copying/pasting the words of someone else who was talking about a completely different hedgehog.
I'm going to bump this thread again... Please read the quote above. Hannah words this so very well.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:35 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Please also think before giving advice on babies/breeding when you have no first hand experience. This can be life threatening to both mom and babies.
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:45 PM   #25 (permalink)
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This is a reminder about advice given on the forum and through pm and emails.

Please take your hedgie to a vet if you notice something wrong. You
can post about the issue, but take the information given as possible suggestions only on what might be wrong or what to look for. Remember that signs and symptoms can be the same for numerous illnesses or conditions and your vet is the only one to know for sure.

Taking advice given privately through pm’s and email is always risky. The safest advice is given on open forum. When given on open forum, if the advice or suggestions given are wrong or misleading, chances are it will be quickly corrected. In the past there have been numerous instances of advice given privately being wrong resulting in both minor and serious consequences.

Also remember that those with high posts counts are not necessarily experienced or knowledgeable. Some people reply to every post, often to up their post count and other times just because they are friendly and enjoy posting. A high post count does not mean the person is experienced or knowledgeable.

for our hedgies sake this needs a regular bump ☺
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:32 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I try not to give any advice myself, unless it's something basic, like my lighting set up or something like that, n I always say I'm a new hedgie owner so if anyone with more experience contradicts what I say then ignore my words!!
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Old 05-02-2014, 02:59 AM   #27 (permalink)
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This needs to be bumped more often than it is, in my opinion. The amount of posts where owners are reluctant to take their hedgie to the vet is alarming! This forum contains a wealth of knowledge, but it can't replace hands-on care.
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Old 10-19-2014, 08:08 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Always do your due diligence. Great advice and opinions are wonderful, but never neglect the knowledge obtained in a good vet visit! This post is a wonderful reminder of that.
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