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Old 01-25-2020, 02:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hedgehog has tumor in mouth

I have two African Pygmy hedgehogs named Luna and Zokum. Zokum is nice and healthy but I noticed Luna started getting smaller but I thought it was all in my head bc Zokum has been getting fatter. But one day she developed a lip infection and I noticed she was not eating. I helped her eat wax worms and she started eating normally again and the lip infection has gone down. I kept cleaning her to make sure she was clean but she hasnt rlly put on much weight again. I can’t afford to go to the vet so i wanted to see if it would heal but recently i was cleaning her mouth and i noticed a hard mass in the middle of her mouth in between her jaw under her tongue. It makes her tongue go to the left and the lip infection is on the right. Its white and has a pointy end that bends toward the front of her mouth. You can even feel the hard mass on the bottom of her jaw. She still eats but is getting skinnier and her pee is pink. She’s not running on her wheel anymore and she tried to this morning and gave up bc shes getting weaker to move the wheel. I can’t rush her to the ER since its super far away and I dont have the walk in fee $$ ($190) since im super tight on money. I did research and the closest i can come to finding what she has is Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Shes 3 years old and I don’t know what to do. I take good care of them and I’m just overwhelmed with what to do. I’m scared to do a go fund me bc i dont know if I can get enough in time to visit the vet :,( please let me know what i can do or if you know what she has and if its fatal...
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am so sorry. It does not sound good, to be honest. I know that is not the kind of news you want to hear though. If you cannot afford to go to the vet, I would suggest an online vet, where you send them pictures and they can tell you what it is. Then you will know and can possibly check to see if there are any medications you could give her that you could buy from the store. Maybe help her eat by syringe feeding her and make sure she gets enough food. I would personally suggest taking out her wheel so she can focus on eating instead of trying to run on it and tiring herself out. Best wishes to you and your hedgie!
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Old 01-30-2020, 06:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It could be some type of abcess as well. Either way she needs to be seen by a vet to properly diagnose what it is. She may need antibiotics and pain meds. There are things a vet can do to help her.
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