I was horrified today when I was petting Luxi and felt a hard lump, around her hindquarters. She is acting mostly normal (eating and drinking fine, enjoying being out of the cage); but she can be sensitive right around that area and did not like me messing with it (though she didn't bite too hard or squeal or anything, she did protest by moving around a lot for a few seconds). She hasn't been losing or gaining weight.
Can abscesses ever just be lanced or can a local be used? I really do not like having them put under (I have had to before for other surgeries and even the cavy who turned out to be a heart pig did just fine so I trust my veterinarian, but I just do not like doing it because of the risk).
There are only two local exotics specializing veterianrians within an hour of here (there were three, but one is allergic to guinea pigs or maybe the hay dust, and one moved out of the local area), and the soonest she can be seen is monday and that is by her regular exotics veterinarian.
I am so stressed out right now though, very emotional about this. Luxi is one of my favorite animals that I have; she is just so sweet, affectionate (towards people and her cagemate), outgoing, and energetic.
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As far as I know, encapsulated cysts have to be completely removed or they can regrow. Abscesses can sometimes be lanced, but I think that's more likely when the abscess if small and very localized -- delaying just means it's likely to be larger and deeper. A tumor would have to be removed if malignant or impinging on some area that made it painful or difficult/impossible to move.
I'd ask the vet how best to diagnose it. Maybe he could do a fine needle aspiration, which may tell you exactly what it is, or not. But if it's an abscess, that should be obvious with an FNA.
My $.02, only. Maybe Talishan or STF will see this and weigh in.
I just meant if it was an abscess could it be lanced.
She is still so young so this is really upsetting and surprising to find.
I suppose I just have to wait and see what the veterinarian says. I am sincerely hoping it is like what Luna had, since she did not need to be put all the way under for that. Either way, Luxi absolutely abhors going to the veterinarian (poor girl wants to hide a good portion of that day once we get home even though they are gentle with her), so this is not going to be fun for either of us.
In the mean time I am just a mess worrying about what it is and what the course of action will be. If it is going to be another estimated five hundred to a thousand dollars I will have to start calling around bigger cities and seeing if they charge less, although last time no one was willing to give me any kind of an estimate even though I am way out of town from them. So that is extremely distressing as well.
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For what it's worth, again, from what you describe this would be minimally invasive surgery -- that is, the mass (whatever it is, once determined) is fairly superficial. She should not be under long, if you do decide to have it removed, and if it is not yet too large, closure and recovery should be pretty straightforward. About how big is the lump?
$500 (or a little less), yes, including inhalant anaesthesia and postop meds. $1000+ for this type of surgery? Shouldn't be that high.
Let us know what the regular vet says. IMO that's the best vet to be looking at her anyway outside of an emergency.
It is not terribly large, though it is part way under the skin too. I would say not quite as small as a dime but not as large as a quarter either. It is noticeable sized though, if it was really tiny I would not have felt it.
I just pray it is benign. I do not know what I would do if it was not. She is only two years old.
I was not sure, I got quoted a thousand locally for bladder stone removal on very fragile and elderly cavy with bad kidneys.
I am trying my best to keep calm by keeping my mind preoccupied, reading and watching positive things, meditating. I am still a mess though, I am so worried about what this could be. I am hoping since she is so young it cannot or will not be malignant at least. I am dreading another wait as I assume they will need to take a needle aspiration of it to send for analysis.
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That's the good news. The bad news is that an FNA only gets cells, not tissue. If the FNA withdraws cheesy muck, then there you are. If the FNA withdraws only cells that really don't tell you anything, then that's not as helpful.
Our vet does a preliminary look-at in the clinic. More often than not, we don't even have to send the results of an FNA out for histo.
AB: has this pig been on ABs before? If yes, and she has had Baytril before and has tolerated it well, then Baytril. If not, then I'd ask to start with Bactrim unless the vet has a good reason not to, and to use Baytril or something else.
Poor girl has to say there for a bit to wait for surgery and they like to watch them after surgery even if it is just a local anesthetic used. I will be picking her up this afternoon.
Thank you for the antibiotic information. Luxi has never needed to be on antibiotics before.
I have only had one other guinea pig this terrified to go to the veterinarian. I thought bringing Luna with her (I did not leave Luna there because she has heart issues so I did not want to put added stress on her) to the exam in the carrier would help but it really did not. The carrier is darker inside and there is a towel and hay in there as well. I do not know what else I can do to calm her waiting for and during veterinary exams.
I always feel so horrible whenever I bring her to the vet for anything because she just gets so terrified and will spend half the day in a hide (either the fiddlesticks hide or one of the draped fleece "tunnels") after one.
I have had to hand feed and syringe her water. I am also giving her metacam since she seems painful (not moving around a lot, when she stands she shifts to the one side). She is taking this much harder than Luna did. She is finally eating some hay on her own now and has been eager most times for veggies, so that is a good sign.
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You did the right thing in having it removed. If you had not done so, it just would have been that many more vet trips to treat it each time it filled up.
Hopefully she'll calm down soon. Please keep us posted.
I really wish this area had an exotics veterinarian that did house calls for this little one. None of them like going, but some take it way worse than others. My vet has been really awesome though; one day she offered to come in on her day off to see one of my critters (long story short I ended up just needing to ask about a medication so I did not drag her in on her day off).
Luxi is feeling a bit better. The area is still tender, and I have to put a topical cream on it to help it heal quicker. She is such a wonderful kiddo; she simply squeaked gently and hid her head when I applied the topical (she clearly did not like it but didn't nip or anything). She is back to squeaking happily when being petted (of course we avoid the surgical side), and she has stood up against the bars demanding veggies a couple of times today.