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Hello there,
First off I just want to thank you for taking the time to read this. I ha e a hamster. She is a Syrian and she is about a year old. She has recently started walking a little off..I noticed her paws look a little swollen.but she is still eating okay and very friendly and active. She still loves her ball and runs around my bed.but now I have noticed she has these little red bumps under her chin. I just wanted to see if you knew anything I could do besides give her meds from a vet. Or if this is something I should take her to a vet over. Again thank you so much. Enjoy your day

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Hi Alyssa,

Please do fix an appointment with your vet ASAP. The possibility  of abscess due to bacterial infection cannot be ruled out, and if so,requires antibiotic course.The swelling in the paws could also be a localized lesion.  The other probabilities like cysts or even tumors got to be ruled out.As there is no systemic involvement so far, the hamster would still be lively and feeding normal.But  requires veterinary attention for the long term health status of your hamster.

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Dr S Bindu Anand

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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

Organizations
Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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