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Ask your vet if their technicians know how to "scruff" hedgies. It is a simple, painless process for the hedgehogs that exposes their face, tummies, all 4 legs and allows the vet to do a complete check-up. With this being a feasible examination option, I still don't understand why some vets insist on gasing hedgies. For me if the vet office says they must gas all hedgies to examine, this is a big red flag. Gasing is only neccessary for x-rays, bloodwork, etc.
 

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FaesMama said:
Thanks everyone for the great support and information, as usual!

If the internet allowed it, I'd send you all little white coats with your names on them and stethoscopes! My vet has nothin' on you guys! :)
Haha I totally agree! My vet sent me home with an immune booster supplement the other day and even though she promised me it was safe for hedgies and she had used it before, I refused to give it until some of these wonderful HHC people told me it was safe!!

I don't think there's such a thing as a perfect hedgie vet, but it doesn't hurt to try a few out. I had one for the past year at an exotics clinic, just because she's usually the one working. We spent many times arguing about nutrition and weight (she thought my girls were morbidly obese and that I should be feeding 100% "hedgehog" food). Then the last time I went in I got the other vet who works there (she's the clinic owner so she doesn't work too many hours a week) by some fluke and she's asolutely fantastic! She tried to examine my hedgies without scruffing them, and only had the tech scruff them to look in their mouths and clip their nails. She talked to them the whole time and told me how impressed she was with all the knowledge I had acquire from this site.

When it came to nutrition, I was all ready to defend my choice of feeding a mix of cat food instead of hedgie food to her, but the first thing she said was "there is no actual perfect hedgehog diet out there, I'm not going to lecture you on what you should feed" and I was like I love you.

She actually listened to everything I had to say and agreed with it. She knew I knew my stuff and as a result treated me as an equal. It was the best appointment ever (besides the fact that my hedgies are sick of course).

It's amazing how bad one hedgie vet can be and how good another can be, and that's two vets working in the same practice!!!

Don't give up in your search for a good vet, they are out there! And even if you can't find one I think the people on here make a pretty good substitute :D
 
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