Violet's medical thread

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GrannyJu1
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Post   » Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:48 pm


My thought also. Of course, you're all excellent teachers!

That said... Zaphy, you and husband rock!

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Zaphy

Post   » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:29 pm


I kept meaning to post an update earlier. Violet is doing very, very well! I stopped the Critical Care a few days ago when she was pretty constantly around 950g, and since being reintroduced to the other pigs, between her pellet eating and constant begging for treats (side note: I have trained her to spin for carrots now and it is adorable) she is back to being chubs again at 994g when I weighed her just now.

As for her scar, the scab is completely gone now! Here are a few photos I took of the healing process since last update:

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^this last one is from today :)

At the last vet appointment I had just after the last time I posted, the vet said it was looking really good, and to keep up antibiotics for a few days after it completely closed up. Last night is the last time I gave her a dose of Chloramphenicol and Rimadyl (I've been tapering her off on the Rimadyl and she's acting just fine today without any so I think she's good on that front), and I'm thinking now would be an okay time to stop it since the scab's been off completely for five or six days now. The flesh is a bit bumpy with the scar tissue but I don't feel any hard lumps or swelling in the area. And as you can see, her fur's growing in pretty well too! Her poops have become beautiful ovals this morning and I am proud of her :)

Thank you all again so, so, so much for being so willing to hold my hand through this whole process.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:46 pm


How wonderful! So glad it's all healed up and she's feeling well! You did a great job taking care of her, too!

Talishan
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Post   » Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:05 am


Ditto Lynx. You and your husband did a wonderful job caring for a difficult condition.

I'm tempted to think it actually helped when she ripped the drain out. !!

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Zaphy

Post   » Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:00 am


Me too, really- I just can't imagine how all that gunk back there would have come out with just the drain!

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Zaphy

Post   » Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:12 am


Do pigs get melanoma? I've noticed a freckle on Violet's back heel that I am 95% sure hasn't been there her whole life. It's black and the texture is the same as the surrounding skin, though the skin near the foot on that leg is dry and flakey:
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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:31 am


Yes, they can get melanoma. If it were a possible skin cancer, you would just keep an eye on it and see a vet if it changes. If it's been there all her life, much more likely jut dark skin pigment (does she have some black on her somewhere?

Let me know if you'd like your picture added to your thread for future readers.

Talishan
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Post   » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:01 pm


Ditto. Keep an eye on it, and have her vet see it if there are changes -- basically the same advice as for a human.

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Zaphy

Post   » Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:30 pm


All right. I'm pretty darn sure that it's new, but she does have dark skin elsewhere on her body. Do guinea pigs sometimes develop benign freckles/moles like people do too then? (thank you for the responses!)

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:06 pm


I would take a really good closeup of her foot (you could even post it here) and maybe once a month or so, compare it to your picture for changes. You might also have a vet look at it, now or the next time you see him.

I think there are general guidelines humans would follow to monitor changes in their skin. Perhaps not all would apply but I'm sure some would.

Guidelines I found here:
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/skincancer-melanoma/detailedgui ... and-symptoms

A is for Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.
B is for Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
C is for Color: The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, or sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue.
D is for Diameter: The spot is larger than 6 millimeters across (about ¼ inch – the size of a pencil eraser), although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this.
E is for Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.

Talishan
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Post   » Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:17 am


Ditto Lynx. Comparison photos taken at regularly-spaced intervals is a real good idea.

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Zaphy

Post   » Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:17 pm


Just wanted to update this before I lost track of these photos.
May 3:
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Today, June 8:
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(it took two WHOLE grapes to get that last photo, haha)

Not much to say about em yet, I think. Just an update.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:46 pm


Would you like these two pics added too?

I think having reference photos will be very helpful for you. It helps to have a picture to compare with.

Talishan
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Post   » Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:04 am


Lol at two whole grapes! ;-)

Keep us posted.

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Zaphy

Post   » Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:56 am


Sure, if it's not too much trouble to add em! It definitely helps to compare, and especially to have them all in one place like this.

Violet's always been a fussy pig. :)

Talishan
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Post   » Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:02 am


She would say 'willful and determined'.

:-)

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Zaphy

Post   » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:33 am


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^This one is from the end of November last year.

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^And this one is from today.

Is it just me, or does it look like it's growing?

On that subject, I was feeling Violet's sides today cause I thought she might be a little gassy, and I think I found a lump inside. Not a vet, so no idea what it is, but it reminded me a lot of Poppy's lump, which was right next to the ovaries (actually was attached to the cecum but it looked ovarian on u/s and by palpation). On top of this, I took a look at her nipples and they look crusty so I would probably expect something ovarian. I would like to never find another lump in any of my guinea pigs ever again. She does not display any other symptoms... she's still my same prissy princess pig that she's been since day 1. No hair loss, no attitude changes, no appetite changes, no weight loss, no activity changes. I am hoping that it is just a cyst. Or really, nothing. It would be ideal for it to be nothing and for me to just be a hypochondriac about my guinea pigs. But knowing our luck that's just not going to happen.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:24 am


I would continue to monitor the lump - if you see a vet, find out what he/she thinks. If you have a really high resolution picture, you might be able to tell more about the dark spot on the foot.

I think of the spot being either normal pigmentation (in which case it would always have been there) or skin cancer (in which case it would likely be brown vs. black and have some of the characteristics of a melanoma - what I can see doesn't make me think that it is a melanoma).

The foot otherwise looks pretty healthy.

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Zaphy

Post   » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:05 pm


Unfortunately that's about as clear as I can get a photo of.

Vets were worried when they saw my name again, haha. They said the foot freckle didn't look like anything to worry about though (for the same reasons you mentioned, Lynx), which was good!

They were able to palpate the mass I had felt. The student who did the initial exam told me it might be on her cecum (to which I had flashbacks to Poppy and just about lost my mind), but when the vet came in and examined her he said it was "about 95% certainly" ovarian. The ultrasound machine is booked for several days so she's scheduled for one next week on the 19th. Will update then. Hoping for it to be just a cyst (though it sounded like they will probably recommend a spay regardless).

Also I got a medical professional's opinion that Violet is, indeed, the prettiest, most best pig. ;)

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:31 pm


Would you like your foot pics added permanently for future readers? I think you've given an okay previously.

And glad to hear you have confirmation Violet is, indeed, the prettiest, most best pig!!!

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