Post by greenbelt09 on Feb 4, 2010 14:29:03 GMT -8
I kow there's been a few tumor threads already, but I've got a new one.
My girl Powder has what I thought was a tumor at first but now I'm not so sure, as it doesn't look at all like the one picture I found of a tumor, and I haven't found a picture of an abscess.
So if anyone has pictures of a tumor or an abscess, it would be a big help if you could post it here telling me which it is (tumor or abscess)
Also, if you don't have a picture but know what each looks like, you could still help me by trying to figure out what Powder's is... hers looks like a scab, except it's a lump. Before it was so small you could barely see it, as it was covered by her fur, but it has grown longer and bigger. It doesn't sit directly on her scent gland as I assume a SGT would. It's on her belly but it's a little to the side of her SG, maybe touching it a little.
In addition, Powder's scent gland has always been black (not scabby though, this is her regular SG with a normal skin texture), but her actual skin color is tan/ light brown. She's a REW. Is this normal?
Post by greenbelt09 on Feb 5, 2010 14:09:28 GMT -8
Thanks! What's a culture though? No, I haven't been to the vet yet, I don't have the money for a surgery, plus, the vet that treats gerbils is 2 hours away and I'm not old enough to drive. I am trying to get an appointment though!
At Genie: it is sort of rare for gerbils to get SGTs, especially females, but a lot of people have experienced it, and just because it is rare doesn't make it impossible. It's not extremely rare, possibly on the common side compared to other illnesses/things that gerbils get.
Post by greenbelt09 on Feb 9, 2010 16:39:12 GMT -8
Yeah, I know why they would charge, but I still think it's dumb to make something mandatory and charge for it. Oh well. Nothing I can do about it. I probable won't get to the vet for a while anyway. I wish I could though! D:
An abscess is a localized collection of pus in any part of the body that is surrounded by swelling (inflammation). Think of it as a zit, or a spider bite. You may draw it out with something like warm Epsom salt soaks, which generally helps pull the infection (pus) out, thus quickening the healing process). or you can just leave it alone, and it will clear up in it's own sweet time.
A tumor is obviously a growth. It can't be drawn out with Epsom soaks, or anything other than surgery. It could be cancerous, or it may not be. It may be growing in a place where it doesn't hinder the daily life of the creature it's inhabitating, or it may be causing serious damage due to where it's growing.