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Date:   20 June, 2010  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs & rabbits.
 
A PAW CYST AND A WART IN A DWARF HAMSTER
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
20 June, 2010
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A young couple took the trouble to get the chubby hamster treated for a big swelling on the right paw. The fair complexion lady looked similar and reminded me of my friend's girlfriend some 30 years ago.

He was a medical undergraduate. I remember his old mini-clubman which had a hole in the floor board. I came back during my first year undergraduate veterinary studies in 1970. We had great fun as his old car bumped along the road of the medical faculty of the Singapore University. The girlfriend studied nursing in London while he was studying in Singapore. During the 1970s, girls from rich families in Singapore and Malaysia  went to England to study "SRN" certificate. SRN is State Registered Nurse.  Time had flown by. It was incredible. My friend became a doctor but did not marry that fair lady. I met her once when I was in London. Her name was Alice Leong and she lived in Realty Park. I wonder what had become of her.

Back to this hamster, I asked what was being fed. Bread, hamster food and meal worms. "The hamster must reduce weight," I advised. It is highly risky to anaesthesize an overweight pet. Fortunately, this hamster did not need lengthy surgeries. A few sniffs of the isoflurane gas were sufficient.     
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The cause of the cyst is unknown. Paw cysts are uncommon in dwarf hamsters but warts do occur in older hamsters.  It is best to get warts excised by your vet when they are very small.

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