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Old 03-29-2011, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nioka just came home from the vet and his prognosis is not looking good.

I had taken him several times to have his teeth (and mouth in general) checked as he was having a hard time eating his food. The vet assured me that there was nothing wrong with his teeth and sent me home with antibiotics every time.

A rotten tooth and a lump later...he now likely has cancer.
The tooth was extracted today and a biopsy of the lump was sent to the lab...I should receive the histopath results on Saturday.

I know how aggressive oral cancer is in hedgehogs and I am not going to subject him to the removal of the tumor...especially at the age of three (he will be turning four in November).

I guess all I can do now is enjoy the time I have left with him until he has to cross the Rainbow Bridge...
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry that the prognosis was not good, but maybe the results will come back with something more encouraging.
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I'm so sorry! I hope that the news will be better than you're expecting and that you can still have a long time with your dear hedgie.



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Old 03-30-2011, 09:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sadly teeth problems are often caused by an oral tumour and we take care of the teeth only to later have the tumour appear.

Prayers sent that the path report will come back as not cancer.
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Sadly teeth problems are often caused by an oral tumour and we take care of the teeth only to later have the tumour appear.

Prayers sent that the path report will come back as not cancer.
That is certainly the unfortunate reality. I just wish the vet did not dismiss his teeth problems so readily and looked a little deeper...
I am now riddled with the thought of "what if..." as a result. What if they extracted the tooth when he first showed signs? What if they found abnormal cell growth eariler? What if.

On a positive note, the lump has not increased in size since his tooth extraction yesterday.
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Nioka!
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Here is a picture I took today...the lump is on left side of his face.
Isn't he gorgeous? Lump or not, he will always be my beautiful little boy.
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Yes, he is really gorgeous! I'm really hoping you get some good news from the test results, and I'm glad the lump hasn't grown any.
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Sorry to here about what you and your hedgie are going through. He is very handsome. Such an adorable face!
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He is a gorgeous boy, my thoughts will be with you and I hope you get good news.
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