- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
Sakura has developed some bilateral hairloss that doesn't seem like a case of mites (to me).
Her weight and appetite are healthy. Her behavior seems normal, except for a slightly-longer-than-usual aggressive period during her last heat cycle. She does not have any signs of crusty nipples at this time, and hasn't developed a pear-shaped body. She isn't scratching excessively.
She has an appointment with the Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital this Thursday for an examination.
The hair loss on her right side is more obvious.
- You can quote me
Not all signs have to be present for the pig to be cystic. Actually, according to one of my old vets, none of them do. Ovarian cysts can be present without all (or, in fact, any) of the signs we usually associate with them.
If an ultrasound confirms cysts, at 4 I'd really really really want to look into the hormone injection series (vs. surgery).
Good luck Sakura!
Keep us posted.
She has received "HRT" therapy in the past and I am going to discuss further treatments with Vedra at CCT but so far it has failed to halt the hair loss. Consequently her flanks are completely bald.
I would only want to consider surgery if her condition was/became life limiting.
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
Sakura is back from the vet's office. She is healthy, except for the possible cysts and hairloss.
The first thing on Dr. Wright's list of possibilities is ovarian cysts. He recommended a few other tests to rule out other possibilities (parasites, fungus).
He did not find anything in the fecal float. The fungal test results will not be available for 10 days.
He said that her belly felt a bit rounder than he would prefer, but that could mean that she is changing as she ages, or ovarian cysts.
He was not able to palpate any cysts, but he said they could still be present, just very small.
The recommendations for ovarian cysts (if the fungal test is negative):
1. Drain cysts periodically. This will not stop hairloss, of course.
2. Surgical spay.
3. Hormone therapy.
He said that hormone therapy can get expensive for the monthly shots of Lupron. A few of his patients can go as long as 3 months between injections.
I thought that other GL members had been able to wait longer between hormone shots? I will have to do some reading.
Sakura has a recheck on the 18th.
I feel a little confused.
Everyone at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital was very nice and caring. It was very pleasant in their quiet waiting room. We even had the opportunity to admire some other "exotic" patients -- a gorgeous blue and gold macaw, and a handsome potbelly pig.