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Old 02-20-2009, 08:14 AM Canada
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Lauren, Vette seems just like herself aside from the bit of discharge I saw Wednesday night and the head rubbing. I haven't seen the discharge since Wednesday, and she didn't rub her head on the floor as often yesterday as she did Wednesday. She is eating and drinking, and her weight is stable - it fluctuates by about 30 grams based on the time of day.
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Old 02-20-2009, 03:21 PM
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Hrm... well, sounds like little Miss Vette is improving at the very least. Doesn't seem to be anything that would cause major concern as of yet.... maybe that tea helped her out!
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Old 02-20-2009, 03:56 PM Canada
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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.
You're going to move here? That would be so awesome! And yes, you would love my clinic. It's open 24 hours and they have 3 vets who know exotics. And on the off chance that one of them isn't there, they are all on call all the time, so the other vets can talk to them if it's an emergency. I've never waited more than a day or two for an appointment, and often they can get me in the same day.
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:24 PM Canada
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You're going to move here? That would be so awesome! And yes, you would love my clinic. It's open 24 hours and they have 3 vets who know exotics. And on the off chance that one of them isn't there, they are all on call all the time, so the other vets can talk to them if it's an emergency. I've never waited more than a day or two for an appointment, and often they can get me in the same day.
It's not a definite, but it's a very strong possibility. Adam will be done school in April and his buddy in Calgary is keeping an eye open for any places looking for a draftsperson. Adam loves Calgary, and I'm willing to relocate wherever he can get a great job. The fact that Calgary has a great vet AND Spruce Meadows is a benefit to me.
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Old 02-21-2009, 02:09 AM
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Try Beaumont Animal Clinic, the vet there is awesome. He's the best exotics vet I've ever seen. In fact the best vet period. Never had a problem with anything he's done for my guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils or cats, and I know he sees hedgehogs because we've talked about them before. He also works out of Leduc 1 Saturday a month I think it is... I know he's in tomorrow because I talked to him tonight about my mum's diabetic cat and he said he was working tomorrow in Leduc.. but I'd guess they are probably completely booked for tomorrow.
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Old 02-21-2009, 01:42 PM Canada
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Thanks, Meowzer. Beaumont is actually a bit of a drive for me (about 45-60 minutes) but I'll keep it in mind for the future.

Vette and I just got back from the vet, and I must say... he was very thorough and gentle. Normally, Vette snaps right into a ball when any man comes near, but she actually sniffed him for a few seconds and let him check her ears quickly.

The verdict: I had her scraped for mites again since she still drops quills for no reason. She's dropping fewer quills (about 2 per day), but I still get her checked anytime we go to the vet. The skin scraping can back clean. He did a fecal exam and that tested fine as well... no bacteria in there that we need to worry about. He sedated her, checked her ears more thoroughly and found no inflammation or signs of infection. She did, however, have a massive build up of wax, so he drained that for her. He swabbed the discharge from her nose and didn't find any signs of infection in there. However, he did hear a bit of a wheeze in her chest, so he prescribed an Amoxicillian to her. He originally prescribed Baytril, but I asked for an alternative due to the issues I've heard and the issues I've experienced with it. She's on 0.28 mL twice daily for 14 days. It's strawberry scented, so I'm going to assume the taste is similar and she'll enjoy it.

Overall, he said she was in fine shape aside from that slight wheeze. I'm to call if she gets worse or experiences any side effects from the Amoxicillin. It was a great vet office, and I would definitely go back. It was HUGE that Vette actually showed interest in him and took the time to sniff him. Normally, she snaps into a tight ball the minute a man comes near. She has a strong aversion to most men.
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:38 AM
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Glad to hear she's all (errr...mostly) good. And yay! A reliable vet that you can add to your 8 am calling list!!!
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Old 02-22-2009, 02:12 PM Canada
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Glad to hear that all went well and there's nothing seriously wrong. They just like to push our buttons from time to time, I guess!
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Old 02-22-2009, 02:38 PM Canada
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The big bonus... Vette seems to tolerate her medicine. If I hold the syringe in front of her face and wait, eventually she gets tired of it being there and takes the medicine. When she's done, she swats it away with her paw. Success!

She also wheeled last night for the first time in about a week. It was hilarious. She was on the wheel when I went up to my room at about midnight and without thinking, I switched on the light. Most hedgehogs freeze and pretend they're anywhere but where they are. Vette leapt off her wheel, ran straight for her bag, figured out she couldn't get in through the side, went around the back and started trying to burrow under. I turned the light off to give her a bit of a chance to get where she was supposed to be before I turned on the light quickly so I could check the food dishes and hop into bed. It was a huge panic, but man, she's fast.
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:52 PM
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So glad about Ladt Vette!
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