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When i took vex in for a general checkup the vet was completely inexperienced and didn't know what to do. He did not touch vex, and when vex popped he would pull his finger away.
I asked a lot of questions i already knew the answer to from browsing these forums and the vet kept saying Vex was the healthiest hedgehog he has ever seen and that all his quill loss is probably natural as he could not see anything on him.

Anyway, i left pissed off. Of course the vet could not see anything if he did not touch the hedgehog.

In a good vet i want someone who:
*Knows how to handle a hedgehog and is not scared of them
*knows *some* proper information
*does not take offense when corrected regarding false information
*does not simply dismiss health issues that could potentially cause death if left untreated (vex's possible mites or fungus)
*knows how to do a skin scraping on a hedgehog and a fecal test.
*wants to continue to learn about hedgehogs as information is always changing.

For the inexperienced vet to tell me vex was fine and i should stop worrying was $52 CAN.
Most vets in the area charge that amount for dogs and cats, so he was not charging me any more for an exotic animal.

When i go in for a wellness check next time (to a different vet) i am going to get to know the vet, talk about hedgehogs, their experiences, training, what they know about hedgehogs and if they can properly do a skin scraping and a fecal matter test.

Get to know your vet, ask questions, keep an open mind and make sure they have experience with hedgehogs an know how to properly handle yours. The easiest way to see if they are at all experienced with hedgehogs is if they know how to handle one.
 

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....... 300$....

you may want to ask what they include in that. As for the other vet, if you have worked with him before you may want to continue to do so, just try to talk to him and ask questions on what you do not understand.
 
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