Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2161. Teaching the child to be kind to hamsters

May 20, 2015

"My mum keeps putting eye drops," the 11-year-old girl said again when the 2nd worst case of eye abscess hamster is discharged after 4 days of in-patient treatment.

The slim little girl is bright as she topped her Science examination but she confessed she failed her Maths. The mother had told me she applied eye drops but the dwarf hamster's lower eyelid kept growing bigger and bigger. "Pus leaked out from her eyelids," she said to me. So, she texted and emailed me to get an appointment.

The little girl could not understand why the mother was doing the hamster treatment but in the real world, many mothers would do that, to save money as a family expense in Singapore is very high.

The left lower eyelid was full of bacteria and pus kept forming. On the 2nd and 3rd day and even on the 4th day, I had to lance the residual pimple on the upper right eyelid and the lower conjunctiva.

The mother brought the daughter to visit the hamster on Day 3 and decided to wait another day for the pus to go away.





The worst case was seen in 2008 documented in my webpage at:
 
http://www.bekindtopets.com/animals/20080917Hamsters_Eyelid_Abscesses_ToaPayohVets.htm












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