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Old 05-15-2017, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Oral cancer :(

Hi everyone,

I'm new to posting on this site (not so new to reading!) but I figured now was as good a time as any to get support from such an awesome community.

I took my hedgie, Graham, to the vet on Friday for his routine checkup and received some pretty devastating news... my vet discovered a mass in the upper left part of his mouth that wasn't there last time. I knew oral cancer was common and Graham is 5 and a half years old now so he's not exactly a young hedgie, but I totally wasn't expecting the news as he's been acting his same silly old self my vet did say that it isn't inflamed and isn't hindering his eating habits or anything yet, and suggested that we might have caught it pretty early. She also prescribed Metacam to help, so I've been giving him that daily.

I guess I'm just struggling to process the news and any help/tips would be really helpful for me during this time. How long does it take for a mouth tumor like this to really start affecting my hedgies life? Is it already and I just can't tell? Are there signs to look out for that indicate if he's in a lot of pain? Should I be doing anything differently to help care for him?

Thank you all xx
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not sure but I lost my previous hedgehog to mouth cancer I was heartbroken. I still hold him close to my heart. He had had several homes before us so some where along the line his real age got lost. We were told he was 2.5 years old, he was actually 4-5. Enjoy the rest of your time make every moment count. I'm SO SORRY. It a hard process
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Old 05-17-2017, 11:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you guys and thank you for your kind words <3
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I found that oral cancers progressed quite quickly unfortunately. He might have trouble chewing kibble so try to offer him soft foods as well. Personally I would just love him and spoil him rotten as long as possible. If he stops eating or isn't behaving normally then I would say it would be time to help him cross. It's so hard to tell if they're in pain that I would rather let them go to soon than to late.
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