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Old 01-16-2019, 10:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It's been forever since I've been online, but a recent growth under Ollie's leg has me worried. It looks like a skin tag, and he is on the heavier side so his skin definitely rubs. It hasn't caused him any trouble in regards to pain or inhibiting movement, but recently it's developed a scab and seems red (probably because he gets his dewclaws stuck on that skin). Since hedgehogs go into hibernation once the temperature drops, would freezing it off be out of the question? I know it could be cauterized but that's more invasive, not to mention more expensive. Attached pictures of what it looked like before and what it's looked like lately. I originally thought it could be a tumor, but from what I've seen cancer takes over very quickly and generally doesn't appear to be one smooth mass of skin. Keeping an eye on it and will likely be taking him to the vet soon to get it checked out. All and any help is appreciated! 🙂
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Old 01-16-2019, 12:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have never heard of vets freezing off anything like that. But I know he would not hibernate from it. Twice a year they freeze skin cancer off the sides of my face and it burns like crazy. would not wish that on any little critter! It should be able to be surgicaly removed if it is causing him problems.
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is a question that needs to be answered by a vet. As already mentioned it is painful to have skin tags frozen off. It would probably need to be given a local anesthetic before being removed.
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I figured that would be the case. Thank you though! I'll let you know what they think once we get an appointment.
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