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Old 10-01-2013, 03:04 AM   #1
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Default Tumour?

My hamster Ginger a couple of weeks ago woke up and I noticed he had a lump on his side and he was stumbling a little bit when he walked so I took him straight to the vet. They examined him and said it is possibly a tumour on his abdomen but gave me medicine to try in his water and some digestive paste in case it was a blockage. He has been on the medicine for just over a week and the lump is still the same size. He still cleans, eats lots and drinks but seems fed up, his ears are always down and he likes to stay in bed most of the day and night. He is about 1 1/2 years old, has anybody else had a similar experience and is there anything else I can try? The vet did say operating is an option but at his age it is a lot of money to fork out for a very risky operation.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:48 AM   #2
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Default Re: Tumour?

It sounds like it's probably a tumor, however the sleeping could be normal given his age. I agree with the vets standpoint of operating being risky, the anesthesia is what's tricky about the whole surgery, period. But in this case, coupled with Gingers age the risks far outweigh the benefits.
I suggest that you really can't take a proactive approach now, but you can keep an eye on it. If it doesn't appear to be getting larger and it's not greatly affecting his quality of life, I would suggest just trying to make him as comfortable as possible. Who knows it could be something that may doesn't hinder him too bad with a few adaptations.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:20 AM   #3
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Default Re: Tumour?

I agree with Pouches, if he was younger then it may be worth the risk. If it's not a blockage or anything else treatable with medication then I would just make him comfortable and keep an eye on him. If he struggles with doing anything, such as climbing onto shelves or platforms or reaching the water bottle then change things to make his life easier.
Also I recommend writing down 3 of his favourite things, it might be eating for food, playing on his wheel and having cuddles. When he no longer has interest in these things then he is telling you his time is up, but that will hopefully not be for a long time yet!
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