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Date:   20 August, 2009
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Hamster Tumour Myths Amongst Singaporeans

Case written: 20 August 2009
Case updated: 20 August, 2009
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS

The following e-mail research reply to Toa Payoh Vets shoes typical thinking of many hamster owners in Singapore about no surgery for hamster tumours. A new internet gemeration like Remy's owner is well educated and informed. 

On 8/18/09, <> wrote:
Hi Dr Sing,
1) Remy did not bite his stitches...:)


2) I applied 'FRAMIXIN H' a antibiotic-anti dwarf hamster 1.5 years old, skin tumour or wart. Toa Payoh Vetsinflammatory cream after cleaning the affected area with 'AURACIENS'  I got both from the (Name of vet practice) many months back when my hamster 1st had his 1st tumour-wart
3) I googled 'Hamster tumour' and your vet was the 1st entry! I was looking for more info because the 1st vet i went to wasn't very confident about surgery, and the in-house vet at ... pet shop and my friend working in a pet shop all advised me against hamster surgery saying they will usually die while leaving the tumour alone is ok. While i searched the internet, articles say that tumours not removed will cause the hamster a painful death or something. And that if it's a pus-filled growth, it will eventually burst and the hamster will die from licking off the toxic pus or something like that. So i decided to get a 2nd opinion. When i read your case studies. I knew that if the tumour grew big, i would get very disturbed, so i had to find a way to get rid of it if the risk of success outweighs the death :)
  dwarf hamster 1.5 years old, skin tumour or wart. Toa Payoh Vets dwarf hamster 1.5 years old, skin tumour or wart. Toa Payoh Vets dwarf hamster 1.5 years old, skin tumour or wart. Toa Payoh Vets
tpvets_logo.jpg (2726 bytes)2578 - 2581. Skin tumours and warts do not vanish with the application of skin cream and ingestion of solution even if these are prescribed by the vet. Surgical excision is advised.  Hamster in this case is 1.5 years old. Average life span is 2-2.5 years. His slim lady owner in her 20s overfeeds him and has celebrated his birthday recently. 

Dwarf Hamster-large fat tumour. Toa Payoh VetsShe did not wait too long to get the tumour excised compared to one of my biggest hamster tumour case (picture, left) - see : After Hamster tumour excision care. Slimming for Remy was strongly advised if she wants him to live longer.


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