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Old 02-19-2009, 09:46 AM Canada
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Late last night (about midnight, when I did the last check on the hogs), I noticed that Vette had a bit of white discharge around her right nostril and that she would routinely rub the left side of her head on the floor when walking. She doesnít appear to be unsteady when walking, but she hasnít wheeled in a few days. This is far from normal, so I decided to call her vet today and book her in as soon as I could.

Her regular vet canít see her until the 26th. Her secondary vet is booked until mid-March. Four other clinics that I was referred to from the previous two tell me they donít see hedgehogs. Park didnít answer their phone.

I managed to finally find a vet that could see her on Saturday. Iíve never even heard of the vet, and the reviews Iíve read are very mixed. However, there is a hedgehog-savvy vet in on Saturday, which I guess is a complete fluke. S/heís usually not in on weekends, or so I was told.

I seriously canít believe how difficult it is to get an appointment for my animals. I was on the phone for 45 minutes, just calling places and asking for an appointment. Hereís hoping this place (Crestwood) is okay.

On an aside, ms. Vette also enjoys chamomile tea. She actually chose it over her bowl of fresh water.

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Old 02-19-2009, 11:24 AM Canada
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That must really suck. I'm glad you were able to get her in to see someone for Saturday though. Here's hoping it's nothing!
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:35 AM Canada
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I’m going to assume it’s nothing too major. She’s still eating and acting pretty normal, aside from the lack of wheeling and her new head-rubbing habit. She motors around just fine when I let her loose on the floor to play and she doesn’t appear unsteady when walking.

I noticed this morning that the discharge on her nose is gone. I gave her a bowl of chamomile tea last night because I figured it couldn’t hurt. It helps humans who have colds, so maybe it’ll help her out a bit. I’m also going to put her in a carrier and leave her in a steamy bathroom for about 10-15 minutes to help things drain. It can’t hurt her, but it could provide some relief while we’re waiting for her vet appointment.

I really need to move to Calgary though (which is actually on the horizon) so I can go to the vet you see, Sandi. That office sounds amazing.
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:40 PM
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That's very surprising--- even when my vet is completely booked, they still try to find the 15 minutes it takes to look at my hedgies. I'm surprised they're not very accommodating like that.

Is there an emergency vet in the area that you can see if needed? Or are they the only ones?

Well, at least you got someone for her.

btw- she sounds like such a dainty lady drinking tea!!
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:07 PM
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Hoping the stately Lady Vette will be well soon!
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:49 PM United States
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That is strange! I can almost always get a same-day appointment with my vet, if I call reasonably early. They try here to keep some appointments open for those who need immediate care, especially since it's quite a hike to the nearest emergency vet. I hope everything is okay with little Vette!
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:14 PM Canada
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You're defenetly not lucky. When I brought Litchi to the vet last month because of entiritis, we called the night and got a apointment the next day even if they say they don't take emergency (I think they mean new "custumer")
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:30 PM Canada
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There is an emergency vet here, not too far from my work, actually. However, I don't quite trust them. When I called with an emergency with Hemi before she died, the receptionist actually had no idea what a hedgehog was. When she put the vet on duty on the phone, they said, "oh yeah... they're like a hamster. We definitely see hamsters."

A lot of the vets around here work either part time, or they book up very quickly. It's very inconvenient. I started calling today at 8am (most places open at 8am) and every vet I spoke to were booked right up for the day or they no longer saw hedgehogs. One place did have an appointment open today... for 8:15am. Unfortunately, that place was on the south side, I work downtown, and Vette is on the north side. There was no way I could have made it from work, to home and to the vet in 15 minutes, especially since the next appointment for that vet was at something like 8:45 or something. It's just stupid.

However, I'm keeping an eye on her and if I think she's getting worse, we'll go in as an emergency and hope for the best. Thanks for the well wishes.
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:20 AM
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There is an emergency vet here, not too far from my work, actually. However, I don't quite trust them. When I called with an emergency with Hemi before she died, the receptionist actually had no idea what a hedgehog was. When she put the vet on duty on the phone, they said, "oh yeah... they're like a hamster. We definitely see hamsters."

A lot of the vets around here work either part time, or they book up very quickly. It's very inconvenient.
Geez... I hate when people classify hedgehogs as rodents... not that I have anything against rodents, but in terms of treatment, they're totally different classes.

I will refer to them as hamsters when talking to apartment complexes, since they don't allow exotics usually.

Hrm... part-time vets, eh? That is terribly inconvenient indeed. My vet says she works full-time, though she doesn't come in until 10 and leaves at 6- and takes lunch from noon to 2. Not really sure how that equals full-time.

Anyway, I hope Vette holds out another day... is her situation stable? Does she seem better/worse?
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:35 AM Canada
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I would not discount an emergency vet based on one phone call in which you were probably talking to the office staff. Emergency vet clinics are often made up of vets city wide and each take their turn working after hours.

Any vet can treat a hedgehog for a URI. It's no different than a rat or other small animal. They also have the books as well as the internet vet site to access information.
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