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Old 02-05-2020, 12:00 AM   #11
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Thank you very much for taking the time to send me all of the helpful information Serendipity. I have kept it and read / printed the article as well, it was excellent.

Thank you also Vierville, I appreciate you asking about him I've finally gotten back to give an update about him that I wanted to share. I'm just going to put it in the next post..
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Old 02-05-2020, 12:18 AM   #12
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I took Bud back to the vet Monday as I was really worried his leg wound was getting infected. The wound on his chest side was looking pretty good I thought but could have sworn I saw some pus accumulating in his leg. It was near impossible for me to see properly as he is so wriggly and always squirming. My little worm Even trying to wrap him in a cloth I just couldn't see it well enough. But the great news was that the Dr said the wounds were looking really good and healing well! The Dr was unable to hold him also, so he had to give light gas again and then he had a good look. I was so relieved!! He gave me more Baytril antibiotic for another 7 days just to be sure though and I did go out and get him a little smaller tank to stay in until he's all well. The Dr figures he should be well healed in about another 5 or 7 days. Buddy is looking very bright and chipper now, is eating well and is dying to get his wheel and sand back, poor sweetie. I know he must be so bored so I'm letting him out for supervised exercise with just safe toys / nothing sharp or that he can climb on. I said to him earlier... how's my little twinkletoes today? And he was all excited to get treats and playtime, running all over the place lol. Does everyone do the baby talk? This round of Baytril is "Tutti Fruity" and he happily took it with no holding at all! So I guess he's not keen on the last flavor, banana. Course he liked that for the first couple of days and then got wise to it so hopefully he won't hate the new flavor tomorrow! I'm feeling so much more hopeful since the apt and am keeping my fingers crossed! I almost forgot to mention...the manuka honey arrived today in case I need it so am really happy about that also.

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Old 02-05-2020, 04:22 AM   #13
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Put a big smile on my face reading he's doing so much better.
Good on you for taking such care of him.
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Old 02-05-2020, 12:26 PM   #14
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Great to hear that your little Buddy is on the mend! So happy for you both.
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Old 02-05-2020, 01:49 PM   #15
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So happy that Buddy is doing ok. He sounds like a very special little guy and you sound like a great and super caring hamster mom.

On the topic of growths, they are sadly very common in rodents like hamsters. My little dwarf had numerous growths. If a growth is in a place that is causing the hamster discomfort or impairing their mobility then it is a good idea to have it removed depending on the hamster's age but if a growth appears on a part of the body that isn't causing too much discomfort, sometimes it is best to leave it.

I only say this because there is a chace Buddy might develop other growths or tumors in the future and operating to remove them might put him through more pain or trauma than just letting them be.

Factors to consider are where the tumor is, whether it is benign or malignant, how old the hamster is and how much pain and trauma the particular procedure will cause.

A hamster can live quite a good quality of life with even multiple tumors so surgery may not always be the best route if any more tumors appear ( I really hope this doesn't happen).

Thank you for being a really caring hamster mom to Buddy!
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Old 02-05-2020, 05:11 PM   #16
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Glad he is doing well
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Old 02-05-2020, 08:44 PM   #17
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Really pleased to hear that little Buddy is doing so much better.
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Old 02-06-2020, 11:31 AM   #18
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Excellent news about Buddy. Amazing what loving care can do.
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Old 02-12-2020, 02:30 AM   #19
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So happy that Buddy is doing ok. He sounds like a very special little guy and you sound like a great and super caring hamster mom.

On the topic of growths, they are sadly very common in rodents like hamsters. My little dwarf had numerous growths. If a growth is in a place that is causing the hamster discomfort or impairing their mobility then it is a good idea to have it removed depending on the hamster's age but if a growth appears on a part of the body that isn't causing too much discomfort, sometimes it is best to leave it.

I only say this because there is a chace Buddy might develop other growths or tumors in the future and operating to remove them might put him through more pain or trauma than just letting them be.

Factors to consider are where the tumor is, whether it is benign or malignant, how old the hamster is and how much pain and trauma the particular procedure will cause.

A hamster can live quite a good quality of life with even multiple tumors so surgery may not always be the best route if any more tumors appear ( I really hope this doesn't happen).

Thank you for being a really caring hamster mom to Buddy!
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Thank you for the kind message and sharing your experience with tumors. It was a really hard decision for me to make about the surgery. My first thought was no..he is getting older and I want his days with me to be happy. But time went on and after reading more I changed my mind and felt I should do it. I was worried sick and doubting if it was the right or wrong thing to do all the time. The first days afterward were so stressful. I decided that I won't do surgery for him again because of the risks and his age, and was happy to hear your opinion on it and of course that your hammys lived with them happily for some time. So I'm happy I did it for him and that we were lucky enough to get through things. And I'll be grateful for every day I have left with him no matter what happens
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Old 02-12-2020, 02:34 AM   #20
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Thank you Serendipity, Cypher and Flowerfairy for the lovely posts also!

I am hoping to post an update and few photos of him... right after I re read how to do that! Lol..off to read...
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