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Old 11-14-2014, 03:05 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hi MomLady and Nancy,

Thank you again for all the replies. Made contact with three Vets

1) Elizabeth Borgmann
2) Sharon Prus
3) Kamil Svancara

Dr Borgmann didn't have any experience on Hedgehogs before, but handled Quinn very well. We decided against going to her because she did not have experience. Quinn is a special case since she is a very tiny Hedgie weighing in at 320grams. So we wanted above the norm for her.

Dr Prus seemed great at first, but in the end brushed us off and would not operate on Quinn today as she was taking Saturday off. Instead she opted that Quinn go on medicine in efforts to shrink the tumor first before going in for surgery. Quinn was already on the same medication for two weeks prior.

Dr Svancara, the staff at his vet were not very heartwarming, and he is a very direct doctor. Kept saying no guarantees if Quinn will make the surgery due to its complexity.

All of them use surgical instruments. I guess Lasers is too expensive to afford in small town Vancouver, which is a bummer.

Super worried about Quinn going under the knife, she survived the operation. But the operation was not successful. Dr Svancara opened Quinn up, saw the tumor, claimed it was significantly larger than what the Ultra Sound report stated it to be (1.5cm x 3cm). So either within the last 10 days the tumor had grown significantly or the Ultrasound report wasn't very accurate. Dr Svancara said sorry he could not help, took a photograph of her tumor, and sewed Quinn back up.

Should have, could have, would have. I wish we took better care of Quinn and took her into see a vet right away and got the surgery lined up right away as both of you two recommended. And as a result of our stupidity Quinn now has to suffer with a tumor inside her and face the inevitable date... And that'll be on my conscience forever.

Quinn's home now. But I'm really heart broken, not knowing when she'll start feeling the tumor and feel suffering. All I know now is to treat her like the Queen, because we owe it to her.

If anyone digs up this in the future and wants advice or info from our experience please feel free to message me or directly email me.

[email protected]

Thanks for reading =)

Originally Posted by MomLady View Post
The surgery that Nara had was with regular surgical tools, the surgeon said the they don't use lasers for what might be cancer, because the laser may make the cancer grow more.

I did pay extra for a "healing" laser they used on her incision. It is called "LiteCure Laser Therapy" on the bill. The surgery itself was just a "spay".

I agree with you, you want the most experienced surgeon you can find. I think even if they don't have hedgehog experience, experience with small mammals would be good.

Nancy can probably advise you on any specific doctors she might have experience with.

Have you looked in the vet threads for any comments for the particular vets you are close to? Also the HWS-Hedgehog Welfare Society has a listing on their website of recommended vets. Just Google them. I would find the link but Nara's light just went off and I am here in the dark.

All the best for you and Quinn!
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Laser is the way to go. It is a faster surgery, less blood loss and quicker recovery time. I can't recall any that haven't been laser. A vet who has done surgery on a small pet such as a rat or guinea pig or even bunny would be ideal.

Time is also critical, especially if she is still bleeding. Blood loss will make them anemic which increases the risks of surgery.

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Best of luck to you and Quinn. I wish for the best <3
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I am so sorry, for you and Quinn.
Love her all you can.
Hedgehogs are good at hiding illness and can eat, drink and wheel as if nothing is wrong for quite a while.

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Wishing for the best for you and Quinn, she's a precious girl. <3

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Old 11-15-2014, 10:51 AM   #15 (permalink)
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It is NOT your fault. You did what you thought was best and thought about it first. Take advantage of the time you have together now.
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