scent gland tumour in a gerbil

(3 Posts)
Dillie Tue 23-Apr-13 14:59:30

I think my poor gerbil has a scent gland tumour sad

I know it can be operated on, but not sure if I can put the poor chap through it.

Earlier this year he had a suspected stroke. He recovered well and apart from a slight head tilt he is fine.

However, yesterday evening I noticed a sore patch on his belly and I am fairly confident it is a tumour.

He is about 3 years 3 months old, so he is getting on, but at the same time he is a true fighter so struggling what decision to make.

I am seeing the Vets this evening to find out for sure.

Should I send the old guy over the rainbow bridge given his age or give him a chance?

FernieB Wed 24-Apr-13 07:52:21

How did it go at the vets? I would listen to their advice on this as he is such an elderly gerbil (and then I'd go with my gut instinct). I'm sure you'll know what's best for your boy and do the right thing for him.

KRITIQ Wed 24-Apr-13 18:08:19

Three years is a pretty good age for a gerbil. I had one gerbil that was about that age who had a paw removed that had a tumour on it and lived happily for another 4 or 5 months, but she was very fit and well at the outset. It felt the right thing because her quality of life was quite good after (RIP Ms Germaine Greer Gerbil.) I had another who had a scent gland tumour but he was in a lot of distress, quite old, not in the best of health and in that case, I decided it would be kinder for him to be PTS. God it was hard though (RIP Mr. Jack Hargreaves Gerbil, Esq.)

It's never easy, never, but you just have to go with the vet's advice and your gut feeling. Little fella will know you are doing the best you can for him, honest he will.

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