Keep squee and Scruffles in mind today as we're off to the vet. Scruffles is in for a repeat x-ray to rule out stones and to see how bad her arthritis is.
Squee is in for a lump and because she's been rumbling for over 3 weeks now we are checking for ovarian cysts.
I just watched my OH leave to take Squee to the vet to get a spay done because of her ovarian cysts... Scruffles went with her for company.
Please keep her in mind. It's been a while since one of ours went under the knife and even though now I'm working at a zoo I've seen many procedures done with a safe outcome, I'm still very anxious.
I suppose it's always different with your own. I'll know later today how things paned out.
I dropped Squee off (with Scruffles as an ever-steady companion) this morning in order to have an x-ray and potential spay carried out. The vet called me about half an hour ago, and the x-ray came back clean; nothing abnormal at all (although apparently her guts are full of food, which is good!).
She advised that the cyst that was felt by the original vet did not show up on the x-ray, and since it's so small, she's given us the option of going ahead with a chemical spay via a hormone implant. The vet has apparently carried out this procedure in many guinea pigs, all in order to treat polycystic ovaries, and in all cases they found that the cysts actually disappeared after a short period of time.
The implant should last up to two years, although that can obviously vary, and essentially it shuts down all hormone production, thus having the same effect as a hysterectomy with regards to hormones. Since this is ultimately the aim of the spay, and since it carries far less risk to Squee, we've decided to go ahead and opt for this alternative.
Only one side effect has been noted: apparently for the first two weeks, since the hormone balance will be way off normal, Squee is likely to be very sexually aggressive (more so than she has been recently). However this will very quickly stop once the third week has been reached. Sounds like her cage mates may be hoping for that third week to come around very quickly!
The procedure is going to be carried out this afternoon using a very brief general anaesthesia (just long enough to allow for the use of a very large needle to place the implant), and they will then dress the resulting wound and we can take her back home.
It will be interesting to see how things turn out - we'll make sure to keep you updated!