lump on chest - Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum
Hedgehog Central GalleryForum Archives Facebook Link

Like Tree5Likes
  • 1 Post By Kalandra
  • 2 Post By GingerTheHedgie
  • 2 Post By Prue
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-03-2016, 02:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 12
Default lump on chest

I noticed a few weeks ago that Ginger (just over 2 years old) had a small lump under her skin but couldn't tell if it was anything weird. We took her to the vet this past Friday for a general checkup and everything was fine.

The next day I noticed that the lump was bigger than the last time I checked it. It is not on her skin or discolored at all. It is under her left armpit. It is about the size of a small peppercorn. Her attitude and activity has not changed, the only thing that has changed is her diet which was switched completely over about 4 months ago. We are planning on taking her back to the vet. Does anyone know what this could be or their hedgehog had this?
GingerTheHedgie is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-04-2016, 11:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
Administrator
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Michigan
Posts: 3,566
Default

Ginger, there are lots of possible things this could be. Hedgehogs are highly prone to tumors and cancer. Whenever there is a new lump or bump on a hedgehog it is best to schedule a veterinary visit to have it looked at, have it tested to confirm what it is, or just have it surgically removed.

It could be a little cyst, a benign tumor, cancer, or something else. Have it looked at. If the vet feels its a tumor, have it removed. If it is tiny and a tumor, its typically better to have it removed now before it has a chance to grow and become a bigger issue to deal with.
nikki likes this.
__________________

Snuffle!
Kalandra is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-04-2016, 09:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 12
Default

Thanks, we took her to the vet and she said she thinks it's just a cyst. It is under my hedgie's skin and not inflamed so the vet said we could remove it but it would probably cause more problems for her because of surgery than its worth since she is not in pain and her attitude and activity hasn't changed. We're going to watch it and take her back if it gets bigger to have it removed.
GingerTheHedgie is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-16-2016, 10:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 12
Default

Update:
The lump did get bigger so we took her back to the vet and had it aspirated. The vet wasn't able to tell if it was cancerous so she suggested it be removed. She had her surgery today and she is doing well and will be on amoxicillin (antibiotics) and metacam (pain reliever and anti-inflammatory). The mass was sent off to a lab and we should know in a week or two what it was.
nikki and isitafireorisit like this.
GingerTheHedgie is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-17-2016, 08:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
Member
 
Prue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Hamilton Ontario
Posts: 475
Default

Sounds like you made the right call. Sending hopes of a speedy recovery your way.
nikki and GingerTheHedgie like this.
__________________
Talia

Prudence's Proud Mum Since February 2016

I share my home with one, big, slobbery dog, a ragdoll, a blind domestic shorthair, a slinky tabby, one crowntail betta, a double tail halfmoon betta, and our latest quilled addition... Prudence!
Prue is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-30-2016, 01:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 12
Default

We got the results from the lab today. It was cancer, a fibrous carcinoma. The vet said she got all of the mass but this type of cancer does have a chance to reoccur. I'm glad the mass is gone but we'll have to monitor the area for growths.
GingerTheHedgie is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-27-2020, 04:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GingerTheHedgie View Post
We got the results from the lab today. It was cancer, a fibrous carcinoma. The vet said she got all of the mass but this type of cancer does have a chance to reoccur. I'm glad the mass is gone but we'll have to monitor the area for growths.
Hi there,
Our hedgie has a mass near her L armpit. I am debating just watching it or having it removed. How is your Hedgehog doing after having surgery?
tracygeffert is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-29-2020, 12:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
Administrator
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Michigan
Posts: 3,566
Default

Hi there, you should probably start your own thread as this one is quite old now and the OP hasn't been back.

If you haven't seen a veterinarian yet, you should. I don't recommend wait and see with hedgehogs. They are highly prone to tumors whether benign or cancerous. The issue I have with wait and see is that sometimes when you wait the tumor grows too large and surgical removal either becomes a non-option or it becomes a much larger surgery that is harder to recover from. Or you run the risk that it is cancer and what was once a small localized tumor has a chance to spread and then your only option becomes palliative care.
__________________

Snuffle!
Kalandra is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-11-2020, 05:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 1
Default

I have taken my hedgehog to the two sepreate vets and consulted with a third. My little Rosie has a fast growing tumor and was scheduled to have it removed Monday. The vet did not do the surgery because the tumor has now grown into her shoulder area and would require amputation to get all of the tumor. She is on prednisone now and wondering about diet changes to assist with her palliative care?
karenbk is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help! Lump on chest! KennyD5 Health 12 03-10-2016 02:50 PM
Lump on forehead and quill loss on/around lump PA1715 Skin 1 06-14-2015 10:53 PM
Chewing on her Chest sugarplum97 Bleeding, Female 0 03-05-2015 05:12 AM
Bleeding on chest GogTheHedgehog Bleeding, Female 22 03-05-2015 04:56 AM
Being mean and soar on chest. XrihedgeX Hedgehog Personality and Behaviour 1 08-31-2010 08:49 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:12 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum