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Old 05-22-2020, 06:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Today, when I was bathing my hedgehog, Ginger, I noticed a tiny lump on her nipple. When I pressed on it, it felt like a small ball. It's above her right nipple above her back leg, right next to her "thigh".

Should I be concerned? I definitely feel that I should. She is six-years-old and is quite a grouchy oldie. In the middle of a pandemic, I don't feel very wise taking her out to the vet where I can get the virus and pass it on to my family members. Is it just the position she was in? I had her showing her belly to me with her legs dangling below her as she stared at me in exasperation.

I would attach photos, but she is sleeping and curled into a ball, refusing to get out, when I woke her up.

Thank you.

EDIT: I just realized I should have put this in important topics thread. Anyways, any thoughts or information anyone could give would be extremely helpful.
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Old 05-23-2020, 10:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Whenever I find a lump on a hedgehog I always get concerned. Cancer is very common in these little ones. I tend to default to seek veterinary attention as soon as possible to try to determine nature of said lump. If not cancer, I then start to worry about an abscess. I have seen little hard masses show up suddenly that we think were due to quill pokes causing infection. Those do require veterinary help as they can become a problem quickly. If you decide to wait to see, take a photo of the spot to compare against routinely. Watch for the nipple to change size, color change, check it for tenderness, etc. You may even give it a little squeeze to see if there is discharge.

If you feel like you really want to take her in, call your veterinarian and ask them what their COVID response is like. Many have posted them to their websites. See if what they have to say sounds safe enough. In Michigan, the current protocol here is that when you arrive, you call the office to let them know you are there. They send a tech out (wearing mask & gloves) to retrieve your pet and everything else is done via phone. You never get out of your car and the only time you are close to anyone is the one individual retrieving and returning your pet. Sitting at the emergency vet I watched them lock the doors behind them so no one could enter, and even the delivery personnel were not allowed in.

You will have to decide if what you found is concerning enough to take her in and if you are comfortable with the risk.

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Old 05-23-2020, 01:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for your response. It was definitely informative. I haven't heard about what the vet's response is to COVID-19, but I will start researching to see.

Thank you very much.
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