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October 05, 2020

A Dwarf Hamster has a wart and a paw cyst
Case study written in 2010

Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow)
A young couple took the trouble to get the chubby hamster treated for a big swelling on the right paw. I asked what this hamster was being fed. "Bread, hamster food and meal worms," said the girlfriend. "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.
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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