As for her scar, the scab is completely gone now! Here are a few photos I took of the healing process since last update:
^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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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.
(it looks darker in these, but that's because the scaliness of the skin on her feet has gone down- the actual mark didn't seem to have darkened)
Today, June 8:
(it took two WHOLE grapes to get that last photo, haha)
Not much to say about em yet, I think. Just an update.
^This one is from the end of November last year.
^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.
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.
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. ;)