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Old 05-31-2015, 11:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tumor on hedgehog, please help

My hedgehog, ice, isn't doing so well lately. He is going to be 2 years old tomorrow (June 1st). Before I left to college last year he got sick for the first time, it ended up being a small bladder infection. After 10 days of antibiotics he was better. After a month or so I noticed a very small bump beneath him in his stomach area. He was acting completely normal, eating, pooping, running, etc. I went away to college and left my sister to take care of him. I would come home on some weekends and gradually I noticed that the bump started to grow. I contributed to observe him and he still was acting completely normal. Now almost a year later the bump has gotten bigger all the sudden, double in size. He is still eating and drinking, still pooping and peeing a lot. At night I see him on his wheel. But today I noticed he now has difficulty running on his wheel and walks slowly. I kept telling myself that maybe it was a fatty tumor and he would be fine, but I don't think that is the case. I'm definitely going to take him to the vet this week, but I'm afraid we will have to put him down. So, long story short, what do you guys think it is? Definitely cancer? I know that maybe I should have taken him to the vet earlier, but like I said I was at college and he acts completely fine.
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Old 06-01-2015, 12:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It could be a cancerous tumour or it could be a non-cancerous (benign) tumour. It also could be an abcess or a hernia. Wait to see what the vet says and go from there. Also hedgehogs are very good at hiding pain and discomfort, so just because they are acting fine, eating and drinking, it doesn't mean that they are ok.
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