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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-19-2008, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dwarf Hamster Tumor?

My campbell's dwarf SwissMiss has taken a turm for the worse, and now she has two lumps on the insides of her back legs. One is yellow, about the size of a mini m&m, and looks kinda like a little piece of popcorn. It's hard to get her to hold still and see, but it looks like is has a little red line on it. The other bump is smaller and yellowish black. She seems ok but has been scratching more it seems. She uses carefresh and kiln dried pine as bedding.

Is she in pain?
What is it?
What can I do to help?

Please please help me on this. If she's in pain I'll have her put down, but I'm very attached to her. I hope you can help.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-20-2008, 03:51 PM
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It could be a tumor, or a cist. You can take her to the vet, but if its a tumor there isnt much you can do. My dwarf hammie Ruby has a tumor on her belly, and it doesnt seem to bother her or hurt her, so I havent done anything and shes just fine.



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I hate to ask it, but if they are cancerous tumors, how long would it take for them to kill her? I've never had one get a tumor before, so this is new (and scary) to me. I'm hoping it's just a fatty tumor and won't affect her quality of life.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-21-2008, 08:25 AM
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well, you should talk to the vet or take her in. even just over the phone sometimes they can talk you through feeling the lump, telling you what a cancer versus a fatty cyst feels like. they do feel different but a vet needs to talk to you about it

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-21-2008, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm gonna talk to the vet today. Any suggestions on keeping her comfortable?

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-12-2008, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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SwissMiss passed in her sleep today. I hope she was not in any pain. I buried her next to my other WW Tilly...
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-13-2008, 05:00 AM
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sorry for your loss, If you wanted to know what it could have been, than it most possibly was a malignant tumour which is cancerious, it feels hard and well solid. It may have been benigin but I much doubt it because they are harmless and squidgy, they just grow and may be slightly painful. once again Im really sorry for your loss. *hugs*


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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-18-2008, 09:32 PM
 
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My first hamster died from a red lump on her chest. we never found out what it was...
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-21-2008, 09:08 AM
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RIP SwissMiss.... over the rainbow, she will meet up with all the others, who passed away....
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-01-2008, 02:11 AM
 
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May the sweetest of angels be taking care of her and you to take comfort in knowing those lumps won't bother her anymore. May she know you loved her, and would have done anything to save her.
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