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.
Wart and Cyst in a dwarf
hamster's front paws
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.