Crusty nipples -- whitish deposit

my2piggies

Post   » Sun Feb 03, 2002 2:27 pm


Has she had her spay yet. How did it go?

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Feb 03, 2002 3:40 pm


It will be this Wednesday.

my2piggies

Post   » Sun Feb 03, 2002 6:35 pm


I hope everything goes well. I´ll be interested to hear what the vet finds. I think ours is holding off doing a spay at the moment . He thinks she may have cysts but only small ones as he can´t find anything conclusive.

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Post   » Sun Feb 03, 2002 10:08 pm


I´m really curious as well. It seems like it has to be hormonal -- and it certainly seems like a spay is the recommendation I read for taking care of anything hormonal.

I´ve been putting off thinking about it. Her weight is pretty stable right now, her behavior has calmed down the last couple of days but I know what ever is bugging her is still there.

Evangeline

Post   » Sun Feb 03, 2002 11:00 pm


-- and it certainly seems like a spay is the recommendation I read for taking care of anything hormonal.

Yeah, well, it looks like I´ll have to be spayed soon, then.

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Post   » Sun Feb 03, 2002 11:27 pm


I know. Sounds pretty drastic, no? It will prevent any reproductive problems later on (ovarian cysts, pyometra (sp?) etc.).

Let us know if it helps.

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Sonia

Post   » Tue Feb 05, 2002 10:55 am


I just had to reply. I was just going to post on the very same thing !!! Tizzy, the mainiacal guinea pig who attacks my other Gp, Piggy, but not Bramble ( all are girls ), has had that all her life. We think she´s around three or four yrs old now. She has always had the crusting exactly as your piggy does. She has the largest genitals and nipples I´ve seen on a piggie, but not so large that it interfers with how she lives. I just assumed it was sweat build up or a slight discharge from her nipples. She has been checked, and they took a sample to investigate, at the Cambridge Cavy Trust. £98 later and nothing out of the ordinary was revealed. She is in fine health.

The sweat build up idea came from finding out that after a good run around session ( me scrambling around on the floor in an attempt to catch her ! ) made it supple, and loose enough to slide gently off. I´ve also noticed that, during the heat wave last summer, she was sweaty after floortime in the late afternoon, and her nipples would be clear, but by morning, she would have a pale creamy coloured crusting on her nipples again, always at the point where the nipples are folded a little over, and along the nipple itself. My mother who works with elderly people said,once she was washing a lady who refused to let anyone wash her tummy or navel. With coaxing, my mother was allowed to very gentle wash her tummy, and ( I know this is yucky, but might be relevent ! ) around her navel was an odourless pale crusting. They had it anyalised and found it to be sweat.

I only thought it might be a slight nipple discharge from the size of gentailia and nipples, thus a hormone imbalance, and from the colour...like lactose in milk !!!

Let me know how the spaying goes. I think, for now, I´ll leave her be, even though she cannot be housed in the same pen as the other two piggies, their cages are next to each other, so she has company. She´s just too aggressive to be with another piggie. I´d appreciate knowing if it´s helped calm your little one down. Thanks !!!

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Sonia

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Post   » Tue Feb 05, 2002 12:16 pm


She also has hairloss that is becoming more prominent on the sides of her stomache (a recent occurance). I think I saw her pull it out once -- it could be the bilateral hairloss that is described by some people whose pigs have ovarian cysts is self induced (itchiness, irritation). I´ll be getting things ready this afternoon.

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lisam

Post   » Tue Feb 05, 2002 5:16 pm


Amidala had her stitches taken out today. Actually, I should say stitch, because she had taken out the others on her own. I was going to take this one out, but it kind of pulled, and I chickened out.

Besides pulling out the stitches, she did kind of gnaw on the incision a little the day after the spay, but it scabbed right over and I had no problems with it bleeding or becoming infected. I kept her on towels until today, and she now is back into her cage with her old cage mate. She actually seems to have settled down somewhat already--no more trying to mount her friend constantly.

Good luck tomorrow!

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lisam

Post   » Wed Feb 06, 2002 9:16 pm


Lynx, how did it go today?

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Post   » Wed Feb 06, 2002 9:39 pm


She made it out of surgery okay and is now at home. Not eating much at all. I´m going to be feeding her pretty soon. I had them give her a pain killer after the surgery but I think she is still hurting. Oh, and she had ovarian cysts. Big ones, I´m told. The vet let me take some pics -- I haven´t looked at them yet -- don´t know if they will be apropriate to post on here or not but will put up the one I took of her cyst next to a dime.

imanut4u

Post   » Thu Feb 07, 2002 8:06 am


You are a crazy ol woman aren´t you? Move Doctor, I want a picture of that!

Glad Snowflake is home and I hope she feels like her ol´ self again soon.

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Post   » Thu Feb 07, 2002 8:42 am


She ate more of her tomato overnight -- still didn´t touch the strawberry (I´m thinking of eating it myself), some grass. Grinding teeth in the morning. Peed and pooed some. I won´t be happy until she is acting like her own self and wolfing down food. I´ll keep providing her with fresh grass.

I´ll have to take a look at the pics to see how they turned out.

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They did turn out pretty well. Here´s a reduced size pic of her cystic ovary. Maybe Josephine is familiar with exactly how big they ought to be. I´m not quite sure what to do with the rest of them -- don´t want to scare anyone. It was pretty disconserting to see her laid out. Of course, I´d brought my camera so I did take some pics. They might illustrate clean surgical technique.

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Jill

Post   » Thu Feb 07, 2002 9:24 am


You´d think Snowflake couldn´t help but feel better after having that thing removed. Of course, having such an attentive slave will help too. I hope she perks up even more very soon.

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Post   » Thu Feb 07, 2002 10:28 am


It looks like a mutant tomato.

I´m not sure how big they should be in a gp, but that seems pretty large for such a small critter.

Hope she bounces back soon.

my2piggies

Post   » Thu Feb 07, 2002 6:14 pm


I´m glad to hear she´s home okay, I hope she starts to feel better soon.

Evangeline

Post   » Thu Feb 07, 2002 9:38 pm


*sigh*

I might be dealing with the same thing, here. I knew I should have shut the hell up, last weekend, when I said it was nice to have no vet bill for the last few weeks. Remind me to whack myself across the head next time i say something like that.

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lisam

Post   » Thu Feb 07, 2002 10:45 pm


I think it is interesting how many sows just here on the board have this problem. I bet lots of the poor girls go undiagnosed until the end.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Feb 08, 2002 7:54 am


One of the things I am wondering about is if anyone else has had their sow spayed for ovarian cysts. And if so, how they acted. So I´m wondering if the constant pmsy behavior is typical for this kind of problem.

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Sonia

Post   » Fri Feb 08, 2002 10:45 am


Lynx...Tizzy is okay, but now I have to think, while she is in good health, would it be better to have her spayed, just in case. What do you think ??? I was talking to mum last night and apart from anything, we both expressed concerns that, what if, she didn´t make it through the anesthetic, and seemed perfectly healthy when she went in. Sorry, I know you have enough to deal with at the moment with your little girl, but that picure did make me wonder about the pros and cons of having Tizzy done whilst shes healthy.

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Sonia
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