- You can quote me
Palpation first, then an ultrasound for cysts. But if her weight is steady, her behavior is not too far out of line and you're not seeing a lot of physical symptoms of ovarian cysts, don't be too alarmed just yet.
Cysts manifest on a continuum -- that is, there's a wide range of size of cyst or cysts, how much trouble it causes the pig, how much it affects the pig and how many overt symptoms you'll see (or not see), like crusty nipples, hairloss etc.
If there is a ovarian cyst I would like to have the surgery soon given her age and ability to recover from such an extensive spay, than have this happen when she is older.
I shall wait and see if any other symptoms come about, if not ring the vet in a week or two for an appointment (this actually works out better given my work schedule).
- Supporter in 2018
Thanks Lynx! I will keep you all posted and will probably ask some questions later if she would need a spay (although I am really leaning towards a spay), as far as pain medication and anything else I should be doing or asking the vet for.
I asked what the ultrasound would cost (ball-park figure) and the receptionist said at least $100. I am not saying I am not going to do the ultrasound, but it sounds like I would be spending at least $100 (and I am sure more) for the spay and any postoperative medications and vet visit.
Granted this surgery may not be necessary, but I feel it would eliminate other reproductive issues, so therefore I may just tell her to proceed with a spay with no ultrasound.
The receptionist told me that they do have digital x-rays, and that may be an option if the vet feels the need for them.
I have an appointment on Wednesday, and I will be discussing with her about possible spay.
- Supporter in 2018
Either way, good luck. Give her a smooch for me.
- Supporter in '13
Good luck with yours!
My big concern now is looking at my work schedule: I have only two days off during the week, and when I do work it is at least for 6 hours; I don't have someone that I can count on to help with feeding or medicating JoeJoe.
I could call in one day, but I don't want to really piss off my Department manager as she is on my butt already (see whine thread).
I don't have the option of leaving work on my hour lunch break (this is permitted) as my commute one way is 45 minutes long.
I guess I will have to just wing it, and do the best I can to get as much food (CC) in her as I can when I am not working, and not let her pain snowball by keeping up with the pain medication.
If you guys have any suggestions please let me know.
But then again, I don't know if I should call Brook-falls animal hospital and exotic care, to see what they would charge. It may be a little closer travel time wise then UW Madison.
The reason why my vet is pushing the ultrasound is that she would hate to open her up and find something more serious, and have to close her up. She just to me didn't feel confident doing a spay is what my impression was, so I am not going to force her to do it. She is however very good at routine things like URI's and exams, and she is so gentle with handling JoeJoe.
And UW Vet hospital is a teaching hospital and may give me a little bit of a discount.
So many decisions!
However my vet that I just saw, if she would do the spay would charge me $450.
I think UW is just to steep for my wallet. I called the vet that I just saw, and asked if she would be confident enough in her surgical skills to to the spay without an ultrasound and said she would be happy and confident to do the spay.
So what is your thoughts on this?
Dr Fossett left me a message, stating that there are options and I don't necessary need to have an ultrasound. She would be willing to look over JoeJoe's notes from her visit with the vet that I saw, and tell me what options are available and that she is more than willing to work with me.
She said ovarian cysts are very common, and that sometimes instead of doing a spay, they take out just the ovaries. I do trust her opinion and surgical ability, and believe she is more than qualified to do the spay, and I know the staff will be observant of my pigs needs.
My question is if the ovaries are taken out, is she still at risk for having reproductive issues, or does taking only the ovaries out eliminate those issues?
I am sorry if I am being a pest, it is just I want to know all my options in order to give her a quality and illness free life, without burning a huge hole in my pocket book. I also don't know what prices are reasonable or not. My head is spinning..help!