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Old 07-08-2012, 12:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Inky has an oral lump. :(

Hey everyone, just in case things go downhill, wanted to give a warning about Inky's current state. As many of you know, for the last (wow, almost an entire year) year Inky has been battling constant infections over his body, which all heal, but never stop showing up. He has lost a lot of teeth, so he's on a soft food diet, and he's lost a lot of weight. He also struggles getting around and "hobbles" to his food and back to bed, and only occasionally walks on his wheel. He has some arthritis and swollen joints, and his habit of chewing on his feet doesn't help. We have been keeping him comfortable (as best as we can) with nightly Metacam, and he's been hanging in there.

But, today whilst checking on everyone, I noticed a bit of blood in the corner of his mouth, and realized that his jaw was way puffier than normal. A frantic bath to get the food and blood off and a quick feel/look around determined that he does indeed have a lump on the left side of his jaw. Could be a bad tooth, abcess, tumor... we're hoping it's not the latter. When looking inside his mouth briefly, his jaw looks REALLY strange and is worrying me to death. He'll be going to the vet first thing monday morning and I'll post the results as soon as I can.

No pictures for now, once we've done more at the vet and such I might share some for the benefit of other owners who might go through similar things, but right now they're too had to look at. Kind wishes are welcome,

Kimberly, Inky, & the other West Coast Hedgehogs



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Old 07-08-2012, 12:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sending good vibes your way! Hoping that it's nothing and that it heals up quickly!
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My prayers for Inky, he's a strong boy. If any hedgie can pull through so many medical issues, its him.
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Oh no!
I am wishing you and Inky the absolute best. I hope all goes well.
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Oh no. I'm keeping you both in my thoughts. Keep us posted.
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Praying it's an abcess!
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:19 AM   #7 (permalink)
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My heart did a flip flop when I saw the heading. I am sending prayers, and as always, love for wonderful Inky. He is a constant on this forum. I am praying it is a bad tooth that can be pulled out and the problem is gone away.
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Default Re: Inky has an oral lump. :(

Hey, thank you all for being here for us. Checked on Inky this morning, no more blood, and the lump didn't grow, so that's good at least. Just over 24 hours til we'll be at the vet doing the best we can for him.



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Sending prayers and good wishes that it's only a tooth issue.
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