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Maia0505 03-05-2017 02:45 PM

Veterinarian Visits
I am getting a hedgehog in May, but I am very concerned about hedgehog check-ups. Since hedgehogs are "exotic" animals, vets can be very expensive. Is a check-up really mandatory? There is an exotic vet that does see hedgehogs, but the cost is a bit much, and starting with a hedgehog costs a lot too. I don't think a vet is in my budget, nor my time. In conclusion, is a annual vet visit mandatory? Thank you.

Lilysmommy 03-05-2017 02:54 PM

Yes, it's mandatory. If you don't think you'll be able to afford the vet, you should not get a hedgehog. They are very prone to a variety of illnesses and health issues, including respiratory infections, mites, skin infections, and tumors. All of these require vet visits to be treated and the bills can add up quickly. It's not at all fair to the animal if you can't afford to get them vet care and they will suffer for it.

An annual vet visit is required because they only live 4-6 years. For small animals, health issues pop up fast & get worse fast. With hedgehogs, they're prey animals, so they try very hard to hide health issues until it's very bad. So a vet visit is often an emergency situation, where you need to go within a couple days, not in a week or two. Preventative vet visits can catch tumors and other issues in their early stages, where they're easier and cheaper to treat. Honestly, for small mammals like hedgehog, it's actually recommended by a lot of vets to do wellness exams every 6 months, and that's what I do with both of my girls (especially as one has already had major health issues).

There are other options to check into if you're in the US, and potentially for other countries (you'd have to research as I don't know) - Care Credit is a credit card specifically for health costs that some vet clinics accept, they have no interest rate on amounts over $200 for 6+ months. And there's also vet insurance available through Nationwide for exotic animals. You have to pay upfront, but covered conditions can be submitted to get money back.

Artemis-Ichiro 03-05-2017 02:56 PM

If you can't afford the vet, you can't afford the pet. Simple.

And if you think an animal doesn't deserve the care they need (annual check ups) then you don't deserve to have a pet.

Maia0505 03-05-2017 02:59 PM

Thank you very much. I can afford a vet, but I heard of some hedgie owners not taking their hedgehog to the vet. didn't know if it was safe or not, now I know for sure. Thank you! :D

Artemis-Ichiro 03-05-2017 03:15 PM


Originally Posted by Maia0505 (Post 953370)
Thank you very much. I can afford a vet, but I heard of some hedgie owners not taking their hedgehog to the vet. didn't know if it was safe or not, now I know for sure. Thank you! https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum..._e_biggrin.gif

You said exotic vets are too expensive, the initial cost is too much and a vet is not in your budget. Those were your concerns at the beginning of your post so I don't think you are ready for a pet. You can't afford the pet, the thing scout what others do is yours and after the fact excuse. Please don't get a pet until you can actually afford it and care for its wellbeing.

Maia0505 03-05-2017 03:26 PM

Thank you very much for your reliable advice. My roomate has had a healthy hedgehog, and we are getting a new one. We have worked things out and it is not just me paying for it. I am thankful for your very resourceful knowledge, and I will re-consider the costs of getting it.

twobytwopets 03-09-2017 05:06 PM

Adding to what's been said. An emergency is the absolute worst time for an introduction. In all animals, including people, you have what's normal results in lab work and vitals. Those are based off averages. But when your not in the average range normally, something can appear totally normal or extremely off.
Those routine vet visits help officially determine what "normal" is for your hedgehog.

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Maia0505 03-10-2017 04:09 PM

Thank you!

daisyprincess 10-06-2017 03:12 AM


Originally Posted by Maia0505 (Post 955930)
Thank you!

Glad you got one and I am sure you'll take good care of him. They need more care as compared to other pets but they are very adorable pets. I'm going to get one soon. Well, how things are going right now with your pet? Few pictures would be really appreciated.

Sandwich's Mommy 12-03-2017 08:58 PM

Adding to this in case someone reads it as a resource. Do not get a hedgehog unless you have already budgeted for them and have AT LEAST $500saved away just for the vet. I literally just spent $1000 for lab results, x-ray, ultrasounds and ultimately an emergency spay. This is with the vet NOT charging me for things like blood and urine tests and secondary x-rays and ultrasounds and anesthesia. It should have been closer to $1800. Her usually vet visits are $250, with $100 simply for the anesthesia that allows the vets to safely unroll her and handle her. The vet I go to happens to be run by an exotics expert with 20 years in hedgehog surgery experience and her 2 proteges are also experienced exotics vets. I unfortunately received my girl as a gift, well meaning, but I was unprepared monetarily and had wanted to research and save. She was 5 months old and immediately had health issues, I have always taken care of her and my animals are my babies and come first. The vet doesn't get skipped. Because my employment was shitty, I have run my credit to the ground with credit cards and payday loans to pay myself and my animals health. Only recently have I been employed back in my industry. So PLEASE PLEASE don't get a hedgehog if you don't have money to care for it, I'm speaking from experience.

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