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Old 12-29-2008, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy oral infection or oral cancer?

am hoping that someone will be able to help us. Here is Gobyís history.

About 2 years ago, we noticed that the right side of his jaw was swollen. We took him to the vet, and she thought that it may be an infected tooth. We put him on amoxicillin and he got better.

Now most recently, about 2 months ago, we noticed that his jaw was swollen yet again. We took him back in and he was put on amoxicillin again. The swelling went away, and then came back two weeks later.

The vet prescribed a different antibiotic which didnít work at all. We then went back, and they decided that they better pull the tooth that they thought was causing all of his problems.

The vet said that the tooth came out really easy and they barely had to pull on it so she suspected that it was the infected tooth and everything should be better. He was then put on a different type of antibiotic for a longer period of time.

Well, things arenít clearing up at all, in fact, they are getting worse. We called the vet back the day after Christmas and she said that if the antibiotic isnít working then he must have cancer.

Previously, she said that because hedgehogs are so small oral infections and oral cancer typically look about the same and that it is hard to distinguish them.

We also noticed that he was visibly in pain while he tried to eat. We were able to get a prescription for some pain medicine.

Well. . . as we watched Goby anoint the other day, we saw very clearly into his mouth and it just looks like it is severely infected. His gums, where the tooth was pulled, are green and his breath stinks! He keeps smacking because I know that it must taste horrible.

Last night, we tried our best to clean it out. We are continuing to give him his antibiotics, but they donít seem to be helping at all.

My initial thoughts were that itís probably not the best thing for him to be on a continuous string of antibiotics for so long.

I also wanted to add that he is acting normal & he is 3 years old.

What do you guys think?

Has anyone had to distinguish between oral infection and oral cancer?

Any advice would be very much appreciated.
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