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Old 01-06-2015, 09:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Possible tumor or abscess

Hi, I just gave my hedgie Snowflake a bath, and noticed a lump near her right arm. It's just a little below it. My first hedgie had a tumor that turned out to be cancer, so I'm a little familiar with it. But this looks different than his did, and I'm hoping it could be an abscess.
I'll try and take a picture later when possible. It's weird looking because it's lumpy, and it looks like some whitish lumps on the lump.. if that makes sense. There's also a skin tag there, which was interesting, and the other thing is there's a small reddish dot, and I'm not sure if it could be an infected pimple or abscess or something. It's also movable, which I think is supposed to be a good thing. It doesn't seem to bother her too much, she stayed completely still while I touched it and tried moving it a bit, which gives me a bit of relief if it isn't currently causing her pain.
I would just like your thoughts and opinions on the differences between abscesses and tumors, and any other information that could be helpful.
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Honestly, I'd just head to the vet. None of us can do much other than guess, which isn't going to be a lot of help for either of you. You need a vet to diagnose it and resolve the issue, whatever it ends up being. If it is an abscess, the vet will probably drain it & give her antibiotics and possibly pain meds while it heals up. If it's a tumor, the vet may want to do a biopsy, or may just keep an eye on it to see whether it grows. Depending on the location, size, etc., removal may be an option or may not.
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