We are not sure what to do next and would like some advice. One option is to have both lumps surgically removed ($500). Socks is otherwise healthy: eating normally, maintaining her weight, no change in behavior. She does sleep a lot, but I attribute this to her age. I am nervous about surgery and the risks. If I knew the lumps were cancerous, I would do it. I do not know how to evaluate the comment from the cytologist. I read the information about lumps and Socks' growths are different than any described here. I would appreciate any information that may aid in my decision-making process.
I somehow think removing the lumps really is the right thing to do. Many in that location just get bigger and the larger they are, the more difficult to remove. The lumps in that area that I remember guinea pigs having have not been cancerous. I take it these are not lymph nodes.
Lilpiggyplaypen, thank you for sharing your experience. It makes me feel more comfortable with the surgery option. I have never heard of a 13-year old Guinea pig!
Thank you for the advice.
The wound is in the skin layer and the vet thinks the mass was also punctured, fluid leaked out, and the wall of the mass healed and closed. It is a mystery how the mass and skin ruptured. Possibly, the area was abraded by contact with something until the skin and mass opened up. I have been bathing her in the sink to keep her clean and I didn't notice anything unusual when I cleaned her last Friday. The only abrasive thing I think of that she could have rubbed it on is the cut edge of the coroplast at the opening to the hay pen. Maybe she chewed herself because the mass had gotten big and uncomfortable.
So far, she hasn't shown any interest in the tegaderm and is behaving normally.
I have a vet appointment for tomorrow morning.
It looks like a navel. Any ideas what it is?