"Remember? She was 19kg when you amputated her leg?" the slim writer asked me. "Now she is 31 g. I had fed her well."
"How can I ever forget her?" I was impressed with the care given as I thought this hamster would never live after such a drastic surgery. Being amputated at the knee and being such a tiny creature. And the delay in seeking surgery due to Vet 1's advice. The suspected bone cancer had not spread since the leg was cut away. That is why she is alive now. 31 g from 19 g. What an achievement.
"There are some dwarf hamsters that stand out." The other vet had delayed her operation and the tumour exploded in size to a 10-cent disc coin mass stuck to the knee and nearby areas.
Furthermore her sibling had this smelly ear and had died, at the weight of 19g, after 4 operations.
"This sibling had no ear problem at all," the lady said. "She has been scratching her left ear."
"Was she housed together with the sibling?"
"No, she lives alone all the while," she said.
"How come she got her ear infected?" I asked. She shook her head. The hamster squeaked loudly when touched.
"There is only one common connection between the two siblings," I said. "And that is you, the owner".
The writer smiled. Themes are relevant to a writer and there is a theme in "ear infections and hamster owner".
"She is hard to handle," the lady said when I suggested some ear drops.
I put the hamster under isoflurane gas and showed 1 polytechnic student who turned up by himself how the hamster's ear is irrigated.
The next day, the hamster was not scratching her left ear. But she started scratching her right ear. I phoned the owner to take her home and observe. "If it is ear tumour," I assumed due to the age, the non-use of hamster sand bath, the fact that the sibling had died from ear infection and cyst and probably tumour, "I may need to remove the ear canal early. Wait for 2 weeks and see what happens."