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How to Spot and Treat Scent Gland Tumors in Gerbils

Three Methods:

Scent gland problems are pretty common in gerbils, and usually aren’t much to worry about. Checking for small, bald patches on your gerbil’s belly regularly will help you spot potential tumors, as will giving your gerbil’s belly a quick rub to check for bumps. If you do find a tumor, take your gerbil to the vet right away—the sooner your vet can remove the tumor, the better for your gerbil. You can also take steps to make sure your gerbil gets scent gland tumors less frequently.

Steps

Recognizing Scent Gland Tumors

  1. Look for small bare patches on your gerbil’s belly.The scent gland itself is a long, yellow patch, but it will become dry if there’s a tumor there. You'll notice some flaky skin, or it might look like there's a bit of powder on your gerbil's belly.
  2. Look for redness or swelling.If a tumor does develop on your gerbil’s scent gland, it might cause its scent gland to become inflamed. If you notice a red, swollen area on your gerbil’s belly, take it to the vet. Even if it’s not a tumor, it won’t hurt to get your gerbil checked out.
  3. Run your finger over any bare patches.Scent gland tumors are usually caused by your gerbil over-marking - running its scent gland over areas it wants to mark over and over. Because your gerbil will be dragging its belly over things, over-marking can also cause their bellies to look over-groomed. A bare patch on your gerbil's belly can indicate that there might be a tumor.
    • Run your finger over the patch and feel for a small, hard lump. If you find one, it’s best to take your gerbil to the vet.

Treating Scent Gland Tumors

  1. Take your gerbil to the vet as soon as you find a bump.The sooner you have the scent gland removed, the sooner your gerbil can start to heal. Most scent gland tumors are easily curable with surgery as long as they’re addressed quickly.
  2. Give your vet your gerbil's complete medical history.To remove a scent gland tumor, your vet will first need to give your gerbil a mild anesthetic. Be sure you give your vet your gerbil’s complete medical history—this will help your vet choose the right anesthetic.
  3. Get your gerbil surgery.To remove a scent gland tumor, your gerbil will have to undergo surgery. Your vet can explain the risks to you based on your gerbil’s health and age, but it’s a pretty low-risk surgery.

Preventing Scent Gland Tumors

  1. Limit the number of male gerbils you keep.Male gerbils will rub the scent gland over things to mark their territory. If you have more than one or two male gerbils in one habitat, they’ll scent more, which can cause a tumor in their scent gland.
  2. Consider putting in a scent diffuser.Even if your gerbil is the only male in the habitat, check its marking habits. If you notice it's doing it quite a bit, you might be able to correct the behavior by use a pheromone diffuser in their cage.
    • A pheromone diffuser sort of tricks your gerbil into thinking it's already marked its habitat. If a gerbil isn't over-marking its territory, a tumor has less chance of forming.
  3. Check your gerbil over once a week.Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your gerbil might develop a scent gland tumor. Give your gerbil a good check once a week, looking for bald patches running your finger over its belly. As soon as you find something, take your gerbil to the vet.

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    Are these tumors deadly to the gerbil?
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    Tumors can be deadly. You should identify them and treat them if possible.
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