Nessy went to the vet and everything apparently checked out ok. She had gained 1000 grams since I adopted her last year so the vet told me to limit her pellets to a 1/4 cup/day. (I took her at a year old from a place that fed her not-so-great pellets and never gave her any vegetables so I think the weight gain might be attributed to a better diet.)
So Nessy was flipped for her manicure and pedicure. Then it was discovered she had mastitis on her right side. I asked if the vet had ever seen this before in a guinea pig. ("Not really.")
She on antibiotics and pain medication. She goes for a checkup next week. The vet said if doesn't clear up, then then we are talking surgery.
So has anyone ever had a guinea pig with mastitis? If so, potential outcomes? I've had her for about a year and according to the person from whom I got her, she was about 6 months old, a pet store purchase. She lived as a single guinea pig. She certainly hasn't had any babies with me this past year.
Possible sources of her getting this infection when it most likely with nursing mothers?
Anybody have a guinea pig that has had this time of surgery? If she needs the surgery and is a good candidate she'll get it, I just wish I could catch a break here.
Will continue with antibiotics and pain medication. Nessy has a vet appointment this Saturday so will suggest tumor if the swelling isn't gone.
Ironically one of the ladies in my book club told me her husband got mastitis. He got an infection elsewhere also. Didn't ask about nursing as he was too old to be doing that.
The lump is the same size. The vet squeezed and liquid came from it - she said no blood or pus.
So now this puts Nessy in cyst territory/possibly a mammary tumor.
The vet didn't sound very cheerful when discussing opinions on what can be done - xray, etc Her feeling right now is to do at least a biopsy. By not cheerful, she didn't sound very positive about surgery. She has successfully done surgery on my other guinea pigs. I thought since Nessy is approximately 2 years old (adoption so don't know how old but she was full grown when I got her and I've had her for a year). Maybe the lump she felt is really deep into the body,
The vet is going to confer with other vets and get back to me at the latest Tuesday evening.
Other than the lump Nessy is a healthy little porker. She loves her chow, purrs/pancakes when petted, and screamed bloody murder when the vet was examining her.
The vet seemed not to be sure what the lump was - mentioned a biopsy as the next step. Not sure of her hesitation as she has done surgeries on my guinea pigs in the past, the most recent in 2016.
I guess if it is a mammary tumor shouldn't just the surgery be done - as long as the guinea pig is healthy? Wondering how the tumor can be detected. As the vet said a biopsy seems to be the next step. Would that tell if it is a mammary tumor?
Again the vet is supposed to contact me by the end of Tuesday to see what she has learned from consulting with other vets.
Meanwhile Nessy is eating well, struggling when I give her the antibiotics and pain medicine. Whenever I try and check the lump, I swear she starts wheeking/screaming "Sexual Assault."
Took Nessy to the vet yesterday for a checkup. The lump is there, smaller, but still there. Nessy got another 10 days of antibiotics and pain medication.
The vet is saying mammary tumor and feeling surgery is the best option. According to her mammary tumors have a 50% benign/50% malignant rate.
Vet said blood work would be a good thing to do so did it.
My question is how many tests are necessary. I am willing to give Nessy the surgery as she has a good chance of recovery. She seems to be healthy and is only 2 years old. I guess my question is cost. The blood work was $168. The vet is suggesting maybe an x-ray and other things. Again she will get the surgery, but I am on a tight budget here. What is necessary to know/good to have (x-rays, etc.) before surgery.
Apologize for being cost conscious but have been spending $100s and $100s of dollars on vet bills lately. I don't want to be 'cheap' but cost is a consideration. Plus I remember my own surgery when I have tests galore over a year and it took opening up me to go "Oh,that's what it is."
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If she hasn't had a recent x-ray, that might not be a bad thing to have, if just to make sure she doesn't have something going on in her lungs before being anesthetized.
X-rays - would be $200 to check the lungs. The reasons for checking the lungs is, IF the mammary tumor IS cancerous, and it has metastasized, it will go the lungs because they have the smallest blood vessels so the cancerous cells would most likely get 'caught' there. Nessy is showing no outward signs of breathing issues. The x-rays may show nothing if NOT cancer, or if the cancer has NOT metastasized. If it has, then a decision would have to be made on whether to proceed with the surgery.
Biopsy - $170. This would be to determine what the lump is. A decision doesn't have to be made now about the cost as the tissue could be kept 'in house' for a while. My question would be, would it help to know what the lump was? If it was cancer, would it make a difference in treatment?
Other than that, in less than 2 weeks, Nessy will be having/had her surgery. Crossing paws about it. She was standing on her hind legs tonight begging for food.
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And if this vet isn't experienced in guinea pig surgery, don't let him/her touch your pig.