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Date:   01 December, 2009  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pig & rabbits.

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Infected Cheek Tumour in a Dwarf Hamster  
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
First written: Nov 24, 2009
Updated: Dec 1, 2009

Dwarf Hamster, 1 year. Young lady
Dehydrated, Not eating. Facial swelling 2-3 weeks growing fast. Rounded, 1cm X 0.8 cm.
Abscess of the right cheek?

Zoletil 50 IM gave a duration 5 minutes for surgery.  I needed to be prompt in surgery. But the large tumour takes a long time to remove as it contains numerous small fatty cell globules. Therefore I had to use isoflurane gas to maintain the anaesthesia.

Give isoflurane gas when it moves. If you continue without anaesthesia, the hamster will struggle and die of fright and pain.

1 cm incision. Watery pus drained. Multiple rounded fat-like cells of 1 mm globules widespread. Can't remove all without affecting nerves. Owner informed.
Hamster OK. Goes home on Day 3. It is likely that the tumour will recur as it is widespread inside the cheek.

Removal will have been easy and effective when it is around 2-4 mm in diameter some 2 months ago.

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