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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-05-2007, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Degu: funny bump on stomach?

Hey guys! I haven't been here for a while. In fact I have an essay due in less than 8 hrs so I'll make it quick. (srorry for being so busy)
But I JUST noticed a bump? sticking out of my degu's upper stomach/chest. Is that supposed to be there? It takes effore to deel it if she's standing up (I thonght it was just her fur), but the bump almost touches the ground, and I can FEEL it. Now the only reference I heard to thsi, is tumor? Or was it always there? I swear it wasn't there before. And I can't even afford a vet or anything (if it was later in the summer maybe I would have had money, but its the end of the school year, and there's NO way my mom would EVER pay on her. She doesn't believe in that) I hope she's not sick. Am I just freaking out? What'd the stomack suposed to look like? Flat? Cause it's more like a curve..like she's got one big boob...but its the same width as her stomach...I'm confused. and its 1 am and I have to do my essay. Shoot!
I'm really worried.
What do you guys make of this?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-05-2007, 10:33 AM
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Sounds like a mammary tumour to be honest with you but thats for a vet to decide.
Has she bred recently? Mastitis is firly common in rodents and is an infection inside the mammary gland.
It could even be an abcess caused by a small bite or cut. I'm afraid that a vet is your only option becuase in all cases there is nothing helpful you can do.

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It could be a tumor, or is there something stuck in her fur? my degus for the most part aren't bumpy like that..they're just big fat furry things, That's the only thing I can think of, unless it got beaten up by another one and has a big bruise or blood blister (if that's possible...) Maybe it's just a fat degu? I am not sure-there a lot of things it might be, without knowing where it lives or if it lives with others and what it eats. Those are just some of the things I would try to rule out...but the vet would know better than me. Sorry I can't be of more help.


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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-05-2007, 09:48 PM
 
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doesn't sound nornmal at all hope you can figure out whats up
I would be sad if mine ahad a tumor
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-06-2007, 06:15 AM
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Yes, it sounds like a tumor. I had a desert rat who was operated for that. Under full anasthetic. He survived and lived a long and happy life Ps. Are you feeding it any human foods? The reason why my desert rat got it, according to the vet, was that I had fed him human food too. He loved all sorts of things. I`ll NEVER do that mistake again. Sometimes one learns the hard way. Sad but true.

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I would recommend a trip to see your vet to be on the safe side as it could be one of any number of things. Please keep us posted on how your little girl is

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