Important notice about taking advice - Page 3 - Hedgehog Central – Hedgehog pet care & owner forum
Hedgehog Central GalleryForum Archives Facebook Link

Like Tree14Likes
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 10-16-2012, 11:55 PM   #21 (permalink)
ashheartshedgies's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 60
Default Re: Important notice about taking advice

Originally Posted by Kalandra
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!
ashheartshedgies is offline   Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 08-05-2013, 08:33 AM   #22 (permalink)
Hooked on Hogs
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Posts: 8,950

I'm bumping this thread as a reminder about giving and taking advice.
Lilysmommy and abbys like this.
* * * Nancy * * *

Retired from breeding

Rescue contact for both the Hedgehog Welfare Society and the IHA
Rescued over 70 (and counting) hedgehogs needing a new home
Nancy is offline   Quick reply to this message
Old 10-15-2013, 03:59 PM   #23 (permalink)
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Michigan
Posts: 3,545

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.
Nancy and LarryT like this.
Kalandra is offline   Quick reply to this message
Old 10-15-2013, 04:35 PM   #24 (permalink)
nikki's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Manning, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 8,483

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.
Nancy, Lilysmommy and LarryT like this.
Retired breeder and active HWS rescue station
nikki is offline   Quick reply to this message
Old 05-01-2014, 09:45 PM   #25 (permalink)
kuroneko's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Mandaluyong Philippines
Posts: 37

Originally Posted by Nancy View Post
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 ☺
Nancy, nikki, Lilysmommy and 1 others like this.

yazaki DOB: Mar. 15, 2014

Gracita Dec. 16, 2013 - Jan. 14, 2015
gracita arrived home last March 29, 2014

kuroneko is offline   Quick reply to this message
Old 05-01-2014, 10:32 PM   #26 (permalink)
Shaddybear's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Gloucester city, NJ
Posts: 122

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!!
Shaddybear is offline   Quick reply to this message
Old 05-02-2014, 02:59 AM   #27 (permalink)
giraffles's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 28

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.
giraffles is offline   Quick reply to this message
Old 10-19-2014, 08:08 AM   #28 (permalink)
gracefulchaos01's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Maryland
Posts: 809

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.
DesireeM81 likes this.
The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing. ~ Archilochus

gracefulchaos01 is offline   Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hedgehog Central – Hedgehog pet care & owner forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
IMPORTANT!! msredhead General Questions 5 03-26-2013 07:55 PM
anyone else notice this ( fleece liner issue) Mimni Liners & Cage bedding 7 04-02-2012 07:12 PM
please help (important!) kenzurs Health 14 12-09-2011 05:38 PM
How important is the IHR? JackieMackk General Questions 10 11-30-2011 09:29 PM
Taking hedgie on his first 1 and 1/2 trip; Advice? Littlefootsmama Travel 2 06-02-2010 10:45 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:31 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum