I am happy to help answer basic hedgehogs questions; however, I am not a doctor of veterinary medicine. If your hedgehog is ill please, please seek immediate medical attention. Here are the vets that I see for my hedgehog care.
If you are a vet who sees hedgehogs, or know of a vet in your area, please send the contact info and I will post your clinic's information.
Dr. Gary Powers
Stark Street Animal clinic
3030 SE 242nd Dr.,
Gresham, OR 97030
Dr. Powers is an extraordinary person and vet. I use him for my hedgehogs, dogs and sphynx. Stark Street Animal clinic has VERY reasonable prices -but I'd pay a million bucks for their service!
Dr. Marianne Randall
Goldendale Animal Clinic
228 S. Columbus Avenue
Goldendale, WA 98620
Unfortunately, we had to have a hedgehog's eyes removed by Dr. Randall. What a WONDERFUL person! She was referred to me by a friend and was worth every minute of the 1 1/2 hour drive to Goldendale, WA. Dr. Randall was able to take me the same day and did a BEAUTIFUL job. Goldendale Animal clinic has friendly staff and is wonderful clinic! If your hedgehog needs surgery, please make the beautiful drive through the Gorge to see her! I promise you won't be disappointed!
Dr. Mark Burgess
Southwest Animal Hospital
2425 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, Oregon 97005
Dr. Burgess is the only local DVM that performs surgery on hedgehogs. Dr.Burgess will recommend switching your hedgie to Pretty Pets Hedgehog food. I have had 2 new hedgehog owners take his advice and their hedgehogs died from starvation according to the necropsy performed at OSU. Also, Pretty Pets hedgehog food contains BHT (a chemical preservative) which is a known carcinogen and illegal in the state of California. Please, do not switch to feeding Pretty Pets.
Dr. Burgess will also recommend feeding mealworms to your hedgehog sparingly as treats. This advice COMPLETELY lacks respect for their taxonomic order. Hedgehogs are insectivores! It is absolutely absurd to think a hedgehog doesn't need insects daily. Hedgehogs get their dietary source of fiber from the chitin in the exoskeleton of arthropods which changes the way they metabolize fats and proteins. They most certainly need insects daily.
Please be cautious taking advice regarding hedgehog care from this vet. Should you need to have surgery, I would make the drive to Goldendale, WA to see Dr. Randall (contact info above).
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