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Finding a Vet
Although hedgehogs have been kept
as pets in North America for about a decade now, it can still be hard
to find a veterinarian who is familiar with hedgehogs. There are
several options available for finding one. Hopefully, these hints will
1) If there is a local university with a veterinary program, call
them. They will likely have an exotics specialist on hand. Even if
they're a fair distance away, they may be able to make a closer
referral or act as a consultation resource for a local vet.
2) Check the phone book for vets who advertise that they see small
animals or exotics. If they see ferrets, hamster, and guinea pigs,
chances are they'll be willing to see a hedgehog and have probably
seen one before.
3) On the internet, you can ask on the hedgehog mailing lists (firstname.lastname@example.org
and email@example.com are active lists) to see if anyone
there knows a vet near you.
4) Also on the internet, there are several ferret organizations (LIFE,
UFO) who have veterinarian listings. This is how we found our current
vet... I figured if they've seen ferrets, most likely they've seen a
hedgehog. The one we found this way had seen lots of hedgehogs!
5) If all else fails, go
through the phone book and call veterinarians and ask if they would be
willing to see a hedgehog. The October 1999 Veterinary Medicine
magazine has an excellent article on treatment of hedgehogs, including
blood values and medication dosages. This reference may help an
inexperienced vet to apply his or her general knowledge to help your
The most important thing to remember about veterinary care is that
it's important to know where you can take your hedgie BEFORE
emergencies happen. Hedgehogs can often hide it when they are not
feeling well, so that by the time you see symptoms, they are really
sick and need care immediately. The first time I bred a hedgehog, I
was so very glad that I had done my homework in advance because she
ended up requiring a c-section. It meant driving 70 miles to a vet
clinic, but being able to save her was well worth it.
Veterinarians I have talked to that treat hedgehogs typically report
that the most frequent reasons they see hedgehogs are for mites and
for upper respiratory infections. Both are fairly simple and
inexpensive to treat if caught in the early stages. Unfortunately,
most report that they don't see the animals until it is too late to do
much for them. Don't be caught by surprise. It may take some effort to
find a vet who can treat hedgehogs, but it's well worth every second!
Show them you care,
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