Fur falling out in large quantities. Help!

Lovemypiggie

Post   » Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:21 pm


Hi,

My 5 1/2 y/o Summer had a tumor removed and a complete hysterectomy Dec. 19th. Recently we noticed her fur is falling out a lot. When you pet her you end up with a bunch of fur in your hand.

When I had surgery last year. Afterwords, a few months out my hair started falling out in large clumps. I was told the human hair cycle reflects a few months prior and that my hair loss was my body's reaction to the anaesthesia.

Could this be happening in Summer? What could be the causes for a g.p. fur falling out?

She does not look bald but there is fur loss.

Any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:33 pm


I have never heard of hair loss being the result of anesthesia. I think of diseases like Cushings disease causing hair to thin but don't know that it falls out in clumps. It could be related to the spay/hysterectomy which happened not too long ago. Is it falling out in a pattern, the sides of the body?

gl/hairloss.html
gl/ovarian_cysts.html

bpatters
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Post   » Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:55 pm


Lack of vitamin C can also cause hair loss, and pigs process it less well as they age. You might try a 20-30 mg. supplement per day for a while and see if that helps. It certainly helped one of my senior pigs who was losing hair.

Lovemypiggie

Post   » Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:53 am


We initially noticed little larger bald spots behind both ears two weeks ago, then this seemed to stop.

Now she is like majorly shedding in her fur loss. Every part of her body fur is just clumping off. No real bald spots yet.

I just noticed tonight scab type wounds on both her back under paw areas which I put some ointment on. I don't know if these two things are related or not.

We are still using a towel as her cage liner, so nothing sharp in the cage. She does move her x-large plastic iglo several times a day across her cage to be up over her food dish in the corner. I will move it back across her cage and she moves it right back. That physical exertion might cause scabs on her paws...maybe?

Thank you for the links. I will try vit. c supplementation. Is their a brand or type of supplement you recommend?

Her fur is growing back on her surgical site and she is eating and acting quite well... However, this amount of fur loss is not normal I think.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:52 am


You might aim for 50 mg a day for a couple weeks and then 25 mg a day for longer to see if it makes a difference. Scabs on skin can be the result of scratching and mites, which could flare up if she is unwell. gl/mites.html

Check over gl/pododermatitis.html too.
gl/scurvy.html

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:34 pm


Summer's first medical thread is here:

Tumor felt in uterus of 5 1/2 yr. old piggie

It's important to keep all questions and updates for each guinea pig on one thread in the medical forum; this way, her entire medical history will be available to anyone trying to help.

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JaneDoe

Post   » Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:48 pm


I'da said the same thing--Vitamin C deficiency or mites.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:51 pm


Starting new threads on the same guinea pig is verbotten! It does indeed mean we cannot give you the best advice because we do not have a history to refer to if needed.

Lovemypiggie

Post   » Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:24 pm


Ok I obviously did not know this. Did not want to make things too lengthy and thought since it was not related to her surgery it needed to be separated. Any way to combine the threads?

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:01 pm


No, they can't be combined. How about do a summary of the other thread and post it here for reference and just do future posts on this thread for your guinea pig?

bpatters
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Post   » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:11 am


Lynx, you need to put that stipulation about only one medical thread in BIG red letters. And maybe some bling!

Lovemypiggie

Post   » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:12 am


Summers Medical Summary:

Summer is 5 1/2. This past December 19th (2016) we had a very large tumor removed from her uterus and a complete hysterectomy.

Dr. Palomar found her uterus to be stuck to her bladder but was able to carefully remove it. She recovered very well from her surgery. She did however, pull out her stitches on two separate occasions. She also had orange urine for almost 2 weeks after her surgery but that too cleared up. The vet thought that might be some old surgical blood discharge.

Summer has been energetic with a good appetite. She has been on her fortified pellets w/a variety of veggies, greens, timothy hay and a little fruit. We have kept her bedding as towels which are changed daily.

Skip ahead 2 1/2 weeks to current issue:

Summer now has extreme shedding type of fur loss and bilateral scabs on the underside of her rear paws. I have started putting antibacterial ointment on her paws 2x/day as well as changing her bedding now 2x/day.

We made a vet appointment for Monday. Any suggestions on questions to ask?

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:39 am


Thanks for the summary. It helps.

Can you add some pictures of the scabs on her rear paws? Did you look over the pododermatitis link I posted? Was the tumor biopsied to see if it was cancerous?

Lovemypiggie

Post   » Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:52 am


I'm very much a tech novice here. I have several pics on my phone but cannot figurehow to attach them. Help...

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:43 pm


You'll need to use a photo hosting site, such as Flickr, and then use the BBCode sharing option to post them here.

Displaying Pictures

If you don't have one, you can email them to me at LetSleepingPigsLie @ gmail . com , and I'll upload them for you.

Lovemypiggie

Post   » Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:03 pm


Thank you Tracis. I emailed you the pics. I will have to study up on this tech stuff.

We have started to soak Summers paws in an Epsom h2o solution 3x/day and giving her Metacam as she is appearing to be in some pain. We also have a vet appointment for tomorrow morning.

Lovemypiggie

Post   » Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:08 pm


To answer your question Lynx we opted out of the biopsy in order to make the surgery something that we could afford. The vet did think that a tumor of that size was most likely cancerous.

Lovemypiggie

Post   » Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:34 pm


Yes, I did look at the page on Bumblefoot. I am pretty sure that is what this is. After looking at the pics, what are your thoughts?

I started Epsom soaks after reading this. I found the page very informative and have taken notes to discuss with the vet tomorrow.

Frustrating part is Summer has been on towel bedding changed daily (only 1 g.p.). Can towels be too abrasive?

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:46 pm


I think there can be other causes. Perhaps the heart (blood circulation) or lymph system can contribute to problems with the feet. Though I quote the beliefs of some vets for causes, I don't think they cover them all.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:56 pm


Here are the photos of Summer.

Lovemypiggie wrote:

The first two are of her sores on her paws. The third just shows how much fur is coming off with a general petting.

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