I have just taken my pig to the vets as her eye has a lump in the bottom eyelid.
The vet advised that my pig has some little growths (you can see he lump is bigger when you pull down the lower lid) and the option is to surgically remove the lid (but in her experience is very likely to grow back, this could even be in 3 weeks) or to leave it be.
The vet said if it left, it will grow bigger and be more difficult to remove, so removal of the eye would be likely, which can be a complicated surgery.
I have been given some isathal to apply to treat the infection.
I am looking for any other guinea pig owners, who have experienced these growths and whether you had surgery or not and the success of either option. Alternatively is there any other option?
I just don’t know what to do, my pig will be 5 in May so getting on a bit for surgery that will probably be pointless.
I have a picture, but not sure how to upload it via my phone.
- And got the T-shirt
You could take a look at http://www.guinealynx.info/eyes.html and see if anything looks like it. And I would like to reassure you that eye removal is not that complicated, and pigs generally do very well with only one eye.
I am still without power at my home. Running on a UPS for a few moments. It may be that power outages on the coast interfered. Trying again may work.
Here are the links to the photos direct on Photobucket - I cannot seem to paste them into my post! I hope this works!
[Edit - here are your pictures -- Lynx]
Squamous cell carcinoma is a pretty common tumor of the eye that we see. I have seen it on the eye itself and the lids. We treat it by debulking or complete excision if it is possible and/or large enough. Then we usually treat it with a topical chemo treatment called 5FU.
An ophthalmologist may also be a good resource for diagnosis if an exotic vet is impossible to find, but I would be careful and educated about medications that they prescribe if they have no exotics experience.