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tumours in scent glands

Species: gerbil | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 20 May 2007 06:28PM | viewed 8527 times
Q Julie asks:

My gerbil is 2 and looks to have a tumour on his scent gland. Is he too old for an operation or is there any other treatment? Will an operation be expensive?

Q Our vet says: Has the tumour been diagnosed by your vet? If not you will need to take your gerbil along soon for your vet to have a look at the lump. The treatment will depend upon your gerbil's general health and the type of tumour etc as well as other factors. These decisions are made very much on an individual basis and what would be right for one animal may not be so for another. Age is a factor and this will be considered, but you really need a consultation with your vet to decide what would be right in this case. Surgery can be costly, but this is a reflection of the care and expertise with which your pet is treated. Many vets do try to keep the costs down for these small creatures and you should be able to get a quote before any treatment is carried out.

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