Inflamed eyelid on rabbit and tumor on hamsters neck, HELP!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by AnimalsComeFirst, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. AnimalsComeFirst

    AnimalsComeFirst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pluto, is my 2 year old dwarf hamster. I noticed this morning he has a large lump on his neck. I researched it, and everyone says to bring him to the vet. I'm sorry, but I cannot spend 90 dollars to bring my hamster to a vet. I want to help him, with home remedies, and anything that will make his last days easier for him. Any advice or ideas?
    ETA: He squeaks everytime I touch it.... it must hurt him. :(
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    Trixie is my 1 1/2 year old Lionhead mix bunny, who lives outdoors in a clean rabbit hutch and comes out in her pen everyday. She's out in it right now. I just noticed one of her eyelids is swollen and inflamed, and the other is completely normal. What can I do to help her? Clean the eyelid with a cold cloth? Is there anything else? because she looks stressed about it.
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  2. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cancer is very common in pet hamsters. The incidence increases with age (as is the case with most animals) and is higher among females than males because of the variety of cancers that involve the female reproductive tract. Tumors of hamsters may be benign or malignant Hamsters are vulnerable to an unusually large number and variety of benign cancers.

    Cancers involving hormone-producing organs (such as the thyroid and adrenal glands) are among the most common tumors found in hamsters. These cancers cause hormone imbalances, hair loss and changes in behavior, as well as other significant signs.

    Veterinarians can often perform surgery to completely remove small external tumors. Internal tumors, however, are much more difficult to diagnose and remove. The small size of the patient, the even smaller size of the organ(s) involved, the sometimes inaccessibility of the tumor and the expense involved are some of the reasons why an owner of a pet hamster might elect euthanasia (putting the pet to sleep) or do nothing, allowing the hamster to live out its life instead of performing surgery in these situations.

    A sick hamster is prone to bite the owner. Handling the hamster can cause them to suffer pain. Consult your vet. Do not handle the animal. Some masses are caused by viral infections which have the potential of being spread. I have had lots of hamsters. I know this hurts but I'll bet your hamster has had a good long life. Make it comfortable and when the sad day comes that it passes, clean the cage thoroughly using strong pinesol or bleach. Rinse the cage well. When you are ready, another hamster would love for you to adopt it.
     
  3. AnimalsComeFirst

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    Thank you. I will let him crawl into his tunnel and then lift him out of his cage, because I still want to be able to let him sit in my lap. Before he passes. Seems hamsters always die of a tumor in my expierience. :(

    Any advice on Trixie, my bunny?
     
  4. Fly 2006

    Fly 2006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really do think both your pets should see a vet, the hamster needs to be PTS to stop it suffering and the rabbit could have an infection that needs medication, is it weeping or red or sticky? It looks from the pic as if it could have a sty, I take it you are refering to the white dots on its upper eyelid?
     
  5. aprille218

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    There's stuff called Terramyacin eye ointment you can try on your rabbit you usually put it on it's eyeball (the white part though) 3 times per day for a week. It's available at farm stores or online. Maybe try antibiotics for your hamster? Polyotic powder also available at farm stores is good and easily mixes with their water. Both may or may not work but you can certainly try them since the vet is out.
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  6. inthesticks

    inthesticks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From the picture it almost looks like there are baby ticks - those lil suckers can cause eyelids to become inflamed- luckily I have not had that with my 2 fowl yard roamers - I have had the tick issue with my outdoor cats though- Those blood suckers can be a grayish tan, tan, red, black when they are that small & can look like bumps or skin tags - If this is the case pulls them off with tweezers & could always put neosporin (no pain relief) & clean a few times a day till the inflamed skin relaxes - Otherwise you could at least call the vet and ask if they have any advice on over the counter meds you could try with it. In my experience baby benadryl has worked wonders so far for my buns, I found that 2 bendy straws filled with it and administered saved one of my buns lives when he got a major eye infection w/ a head tilt - he is now healthy with no tilt! I hope things work out, no matter what the case is nothing to do with trouble around the eye is fun.


    I hope your hamster is able to spend the rest of it's days nice peaceful.
     
  7. brahmakid11

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    less then a month ago my long-hared syrian hamster Teddy had to be put to sleep from cushings witch is also a tumor
     

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