I have just had a horrible experience with my degu, Ben, that only now can i feel i can share with you, because its over. I am writing because i found little written about this problem in degus and hope this will maybe help someone in the future.
On tuesday morning i found a large lump on my degu Bens belly. It was about 1cm thick and almost 2cm across. How did i miss that? I have been kicking myself for the past three days for not noticing sooner, and feel absolutely awful about it. As some of you may know, i have had problems with two of the others recently and so Ben may not have had as much attention as he should have. However, I should have noticed something that big. Looking back, i remember thinking his fur looked ruffled and stuck out, but didn't see an obvious lump. It grew incredibly
Worried, I made an appointment with my vet. Lumps are generally bad news so i've been expecting the worst the whole time. i was advised to have it removed as soon as possible. The lump was very hard, but appeared to partly attached to his actual body, under his fur. Because of the hardness of the lump and the rapid growth, the vet believed it would be a 'bad' lump.
Today he had surgery on this lump. At time of writing, he is awake with the lump having been removed, although i have been told that due to the size of the lump, part of his stomach muscles had to be removed too, and he is likely to be unwell and weak for a while. The vet says she thinks it was an abdominal sarcoma
, which i believe to be (after a brief internet search) a malignant tumour. This is only suspected, and it is still unknown as to whether it will return.
I'm still waiting to hear any final information from my boyfriend who has been a wonderful ambulance these past few days. I will let you all know if i get any more news or information about what this was.
I was very lucky. Fortunately this has a happy ending (at the minute). The surgery went well, something i've been worried about having to put any of my degus through. Fortunately, Ben is a very healthy degu (although about 4 years old) and coped with the anaesthetic.
I hope you will all learn from this as i have. please check your degus if you suspect anything wrong.
don't let it get as bad a i did. i was lucky. i was spending too much time making sure the others were better. i could have lost him. I also hope that this will noted as a positive story for degus having to potentially have surgery. Sometimes, it is the best option, and it does work.
I have had so much heartache in the past few days. I don't want any of you to go through this. Now go and tell your degus how much you love them all