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#1 jnoel

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 01:51 AM

1. Breed of hamster?
Syrian
2. Age of hamster?
1.5 years old or so
3. Bedding used?
Mix of Eco bedding and Kaytee Soft Granule
4. What kind of food do you feed?
Great choice hamster food and fresh veggies
5. What type of cage are they in?
Metal bars on plastic tray.
6. Has there been any recent cleaning with chemicals or air fresheners near the hamster cage?
Nope
7. How often do you clean the cage and how?
Weekly, replacing bedding and wiping tray down, with vinegar if needed.
8. Any odd or unsusual odors?
No
9. What symptoms are they showing?
Princess has a large round lump on her hips with openings that are scabbed over. I don't believe they itch. Unsure if there is hair loss or not,
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She is, for the most part, behaving normally. She eats and drinks regularly. Her running has decreased, I am concerned the lump is bothering her.
The vet said they were just cuts, but recent changes have made me think otherwise. There are now two openings rather than 1. The lump is not shrinking. My cousin, who is a human doctor, says the lump may be a tumor. Is anyone familiar with this kind of lump?

10. Do you feed fresh foods (lettuce, carrots, etc)? How often? When are they removed from the cage?
Yes, a small amount every other day. She eats it all.
11. Have you added anything new to the hamster's cage?
Eco Bedding is new, she uses it to nest.




#2 missPixy

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:17 AM

this is a bit unusual location for a tumor, it may be an abscess although
I don't know how she'd have triggered this.

I can tell you that, by far, the most effective product to use on open
wounds of this sort (even if they are part of an abscess) is called
Manuka Honey UMF+16 (+16 is the pharmaceutical rating).

the product is a bit pricey ($25ish) and is found at places like Whole Foods.
all you do is dap a bit from your pinky finger to the wound. the honey will
act as both an occlusive dressing that prevents other debris from entering,
and as an antiseptic formula that will heal the wound directly to pink skin
with no scabbing, in about a week. fur should follow in the next week.

products like neosporin, etc, will kill all cells, and produce the scabbing so
familiar with open wounds. the scabbing then breaks, heals, breaks, heals...
this is what takes so long for the wounds to heal.

is this something you can get your hands on and administer? :scratchchin:

#3 jnoel

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:25 AM

I could probably order it online :) Can't hurt to try it!

Does it have to be 16+ or is there another variation I can order? Like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Active-Manuka-Honey-Kanuka-Cream/dp/B001DBC8K0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1332184971&sr=8-3

This one has a list of ingredients on there. Do all of them have more than honey in them? Or just that cream?

#4 jnoel

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:32 AM

There is a Vitamin Shoppe nearby that has the Active 15+ variation listed, would that work? "Y.S. Organic Bee Farms, Raw Manuka Honey 12 oz Paste"

#5 missPixy

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 03:32 AM

no, this has the other ingredients in it. your hamster will lick at it,
so you can't have any other ingredients in it that aren't made to
be eaten!

you want this instead. ;D

also, more info:

#6 jnoel

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:58 PM

turns out it's a tumor :( and there's another on developing on her other side now, too.

#7 missPixy

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:36 PM

so can you update us on what treatment you did, and
how you diagnosed these as tumors? :scratchchin:

#8 LivilovesPenny

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 02:05 AM

Help!!!
My hamster has a small scab on the back of her neck which has no hair surrounding it!
I have £1.50 in my money box so can't afford a vet or the cream!
What shall I do?
Shall I send you pictures?
Please help!
Thank you!