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Poorly hamster ears...pls help!

Discussion in 'Rodents' started by niki87, May 14, 2010.


  1. niki87

    niki87 PetForums VIP

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    My newly adopted russian hamster seems 2 have something wrong with his ears. They are red, crusty and inside one ear there is a little fleshy sort of lump! Can anyone help me please? Xx
     
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    Sounds like he needs a trip to the vets.. how long ave you had him and where did you get him from?
     
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    Had him 4 about 2 weeks. Got him from a rescue! Just don't know what's up!
     
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    Is he scratting them I don't know much about mites in hamster ears.. but it would be the first thing I think of.. Id ring the rescue tomorrow.. Sorry I am not much more help..
     
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    oh no it is fine i did wonder...but no noticed scratching. Certainly not ruling it out though. Xx
     
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    I would think mites as well, I'd take him to the vets :) hope he is OK.
     
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    Ok still non the wiser. I managed a vet appointment this morning, cost me £30, £20 if it in taxis...and the vet didn't have a clue.

    She told me it was was a tumour and that they could operate....but risks were high...or I could "let nature take its course"! I was nearly in tears...except for the fact I pointed out that the other ear was showing signs of it! Then she was like...oh yeah....and started feeling his face. Now she thinks it is infection in the food pouch. But at least she admitted that she didn't know...nor will they operate really...but she recommended another vet...though its miles away...and im relying on taxis!! Still got an appointment at the small animal vets on monday!!

    Have taken a pic...not best but was trying to get close up.

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    No idea. I have some spot on stuff...should I try that? If so how much?

    Thanks, xx
     
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    Have you tried cleaning the ears with sterile water wit a smidge of salt.. I know it wont be easy.. I mean is its face swollen for the vet to think an infection in the pouch?
     
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    No just cos it was on both sides! She had no idea. Oh will try that thanks! Xx
     
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    If there was an infection in the pouch I would think that would possibly close they eye as the face swelled... You can also squirt a bit of sterile water into the pouch to clean it out, just incase there is any old food/bits in there... Did she give you any anti biotics?
     
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    I agree she should have done...but she hadn't a clue so gotta go to another. Just don't think she could have charged me for the consultation really. They were 20 mins behind in seeing me then that. Oh well will no more tomorrow and keep you updated! xx
     
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    goodluck.. At my vets there is one very interested in small animals and i find the others look with there eyes and are then at a loss..lol
     
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    Lol i know exactly!! Why there aren't more small animal specialist i have no idea!! But take a hamster or mouse in to see a vet and they're like "its lice/mites" or "its cancer"!! xx
     
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    I dont know and i dont want to give false hope or anything, but that looks like how my dog ears goes when she has an ear infection. The infection smells funny and my dog scratches it ALOT making it red, sore and swollen. Sometimes she breaks the skin too. Maybe its something similar?

    Is he/she scratching it? :confused1: I hope everythings okay! If he/she seems genuinely healthy, dont panic :eek: x
     
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    Oh i really do hope so! He apparently is 2 years old so don't think will survive any surgery! Not seen him scratching...but there do seem to be iny specks of blood indicating a little scratching. Thanks!! xx
     
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    Ok update. Harry does have a hopefully benign growth. I have been given fuciden cream which i think is a steroid one 2 hopefully calm it 4 him. And if it doesn't work or the growth grows then they will bind it with wire, cut the blood supply and it will drop off. So they don't need 2 operate hopefully. That is the difference between a normal and good small animal vet! Xx
     
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    Glad to hear its treatable :eek: Fingers crossed the cream will work :) keep us up to date on his progress :D sending cuddles xx
     
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