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Thank you for getting back to me. The hamster is more than likely a male. What you have described would be typical of infected testicles or cancer in them. Yes, your hamster is quite elderly. Signs of discomfort would include biting or scratching at the swollen area, appetite loss, trouble moving around, lethargy, or shakiness. If those symptoms occur, it would be best to put the hamster down.If you end up needing to do that, the following links will take you to directories of vets who treat small rodents. At the first site, you'll come to a log-in page. Sign in as 'member' and use 'member' as your password XXXXX well.http://www.rmca.org/Vets/index.php?action=listhttp://www.ratfanclub.org/vetref.html
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