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Old 12-04-2012, 09:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Lump under hedgie's tail? Help please!

Hi, I've been on this forum before but this is my first time posting. My boyfriend and I have a nearly 4-year-old female hedgie (we've had her for about 3 years now and her birthday is in a few weeks). She currently lives with my boyfriend since I am away at school, so this is all stuff I've heard from him.

Recently (within the past day or so), she has developed two small lumps near the base of her tail. They aren't discolored (not red) but my boyfriend described them like "whiteheads". He said they didn't seem soft to the touch when he bathed her (but I don't know how well he got to touch them because she can be squirmy). He said there have been no changes in her behavior, diet or health recently. He said the second day he noticed them, they didn't look as bad as the first day (I'm not sure if that means anything). No bleeding or pus. Here are some pictures (sorry for the quality but she can be kinda squirmy).

Does anyone have any ideas on what it might be? From what I've read online, it could be a cyst (might heal on its own) or might be cancer. If it does not change/get better in the next day or so, my boyfriend will probably take her to the vet. But we would like to get ideas about what we might be dealing with and possible questions to ask the vet if anyone has any advice. Thank you so much!
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Lump under hedgie's tail? Help please!

Inky got one of those at one point in his life, it stayed a while but never got worse and went away on its own. It was exactly that, like a little whitehead on his butt. I'd say keep an eye on them, and as long as they don't get worse, don't worry and they should heal on their own.

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Old 12-05-2012, 07:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Phew! I hope it's just a little whitehead. Thanks so much for responding!
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