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Old 01-08-2021, 06:07 AM   #1
babyirish
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Default Old hamster with lump

My hamster is around 1 year and 10 months old and he has a lump on his skin (back). Is it still recommendable for him to undergo surgery? Iím worried that the anesthesia in itself will affect his health, because he is some what old. The tumor/lump doesnít seem to effect him, he still runs in his wheel and goes about his daily activities. And also, incase he will undergo operation again, this will be i think his third/fourth time since the lump keeps coming back after two or three months of the surgery. The vet said its not malignant so its somehow a relief. Thank you in advance for your recommendation.
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Old 01-08-2021, 10:26 AM   #2
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Default Re: Old hamster with lump

Hello. I've had exactly the same thing with my one dwarf hamster. He has had a lumps for the last year which have been removed surgically and returned a few months later each time. The vet also said that they are not malignant. My hamster is also now around 1 year and 10 months old and together with the vet, we have decided not to put him through any further surgeries as the anaesthesia is a risk and the recovery is painful.

As long as the lumps are not causing them discomfort, pain or any degradation of mobility or comfort, at this age I would leave them.

Sadly, lumps and tumours are extremely common for hamsters, especially as they get older but as long as his quality of life is ok, that is the most important thing.

Best of luck to you and your little friend!
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Old 01-16-2021, 07:09 PM   #3
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Thank you Vierville. I'll take note of your advise. Maybe its really better not to remove the lump. He's still active just as he used to be before the lump shows up again. Thank you again!
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