Saturday, October 12, 2013

1186. The dwarf hamster may lose his right ear


Date:   01 November, 2013  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, turtles & rabbits
A dwarf hamster keeps scratching his right ear    
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
Date:   01 November, 2013 
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

1186. The dwarf hamster may lose his right ear

Case written on vacation in the USA
Dr Sing Kong Yuen
Oct 12, 2013  5.50am
Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill Room 300, USA


My opinion was that the ear might have to be removed with the ear wart and I informed the owner early. It would be too late during anaesthesia to phone the owner as the Zoletil anaesthesia given IM would last less than 5 minutes. The wart might recur in trying to save the ear if it was malignant.  

The husband was much worried. A hamster is family and losing one ear would disfigure this family member.

I assigned the case to Dr Daniel who said the ear might not need to be cut off.  He excised the wart and put in 2 stitches. The intact ear was happiness to the couple. To save the couple money, no histopathology of the wart was done and so I don't know whether it is malignant or not. Only time will tell as malignant tumours recur.

Update on Nov 1, 2013. No complaint from the couple. No news is good news.
Anaesthesia Post-op recovery Ear wart excised. Goes home
Excision of the big wart in the left ear resolves the problem of the hamster continually scratching his ear.
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