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Old 08-16-2017, 12:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default possible uri/when is the best time to pick him up from the breeder?

i have yet to go get my hedgehog from the breeder. we were supposed to go yesterday to get him but then the breeder called my mom and i last sunday which was three days ago. they said that three of the boys have been sneezing and the one i had reserved for me was one of them. they recently changed the bedding and weren't sure if that was why he was sneezing so they wanted to hold him back for about a week which i was totally fine with because i wanted to make sure he was healthy before going to his new home. they also said we could go up on friday which is in two days but since they are a family they're going away on the weekend so i wouldn't be able to pick him up on saturday or sunday. and since they aren't open on monday i would either be able to pick him up on the friday or next tuesday the 22nd. is it okay if i get him on friday if he's not showing symptoms of a uri or anything abnormal. or is that too soon to tell? i really want to get him as soon as a can but i get that he could be sick but since friday was almost a week since they called and if he's looking healthy would that be okay to take him home then? or should i wait until tuesday??
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are they still sneezing? If they are the breeder should be taking them to the vet to be checked and not allow them to go home till they are 100% healthy. If they aren't sneezing then it should be alright to take him home. Does the breeder have a health guarantee? Reputable breeders usually guarantee the health of their babies for a certain length of time. If not them make sure they agree, in writing, that she will pay the vet bills if he ends up coming down with a URI within a week of you taking him home.
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Old 08-17-2017, 08:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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we called her for an update on him and we're still waiting for a reply but i think i'm going to have down in writing if he has a uri within the first week they pay the vet bill. i agreed with my mom that we are not taking him home unless he's 100% okay
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