She's eating, drinking and active. She has started chewing on the bars of the cage trying to get out to be with her friends.
Her incision developed a little redness near the stitches. It was alarming at first because it looked a bit streaky but it diffused and looks like it's fading. I think it's irritation and not infection but I'm watching it closely and checking it several times a day.
Here she is.
You can see in her face that she's not in pain like her first day. She has not needed any metacam either and at the moment she has buried herself in her hay and is happily munching away.
Meg asks everyone to please forgive her bad haircut. Mommy thought it would be a good idea to cut away all her excess, long hair before her surgery to help keep her clean.
If you want better pictures I can get them and I also have the original (uncropped) pictures these details were taken from if you want a bigger body view. I also have hair regrowth pictures of Dilly if you want them.
I have had two guinea pigs now with ovarian cysts Dilly and Meg
Both guinea pigs shared symptoms but there were also some differences. If you notice any of the below types of symptoms in your female guinea pigs you need to take them to a cavy savy vet. Spaying is the most common form of treatment but hormone injections can also be successful and may be a better option in an elderly pig or one that is a poor surgery risk(more info available on Dilly's GL thread)
Symptoms my pigs had
- Increased sexual aggression. Both Dilly and Meg acted like they were in heat non-stop. This included mounting, chasing, rumblestrutting.
- Changed body type. Meg, more then Dilly, became more pear shaped almost as if she was in the early stages of pregnancy
- Hair loss. Both suffered hair loss although the placement of the hair loss was different at first and the pattern of hair loss remained different.
- Crust on Nipples. Only Meg developed crustiness. Dilly did not.
A within days Dilly then showed signs of bilateral hair loss along with secondary infections from scratching and chewing at her sides. She also started to lose hair on her chest and belly. Ovarian cysts can be very irritating and cause the guinea pig to pull and chew off their own hair as well as the biting, scratching and licking.
Left Side (Dilly)
Right Side (Dilly)
Chest and Belly (Dilly)
Meg only lost hair on her sides and did not scratch herself. Her hair loss was more diffused and more like a thinning then true bald patches
Right Side (Meg)
Left Side (Meg)
Only Meg had crust on her nipples. It was hard to tell if Dilly's nipples were elongated as she always had long nipples and I do not know if she ever gave birth before I adopted her.
This was Meg's surgery site yesterday
This is the site today
Unfortunately I didn't get photos of her incision of the first day when it looked pink and perfect with no red or discoloration nor any pictures of the second day when the first redness appeared. At first the redness looked like scratchmarks just under the skin and scared me because I was afraid it might be the beginnings of blood poisoning/infection.
hen the redness diffused and became what you see in the first picture above.
Today it is bigger and has some purplish areas that look like bruising. It is only on her right side and that is where the ovary was adhered to the body wall. The vet had to do a lot of fumbling around that side to get it out and I'm wondering it it's just trauma and bruising instead of infection.
There is no heat, swelling, pus or discharge, odor or tenderness that I can notice.
What do you all think?
Here are more photos of Meg's hairloss that I took today. You might find something you like better there Lynx
I wasn't paying close attention at the closing but I think he used 2 or 3 stitches through the muscle wall and then perhaps figure-8ed through the skin. The muscle layer could have been sutured separately though and the he only did 2 stitches through the skin while only grabbing a small bit of the muscle as well for stability. He may have done a running stitch. I really wish I had paid better attention. I was just so relieved that the operation was over though. I do know that they used surgical glue as well.
- Little Jo Wheek
Elly, on another note, I'm sure you are busy with the pigs, but I wanted to make sure you got either one of the emails I sent. I sent one through the GL mailer and another through the CavyCages mailer. Please let me know if you didn't get one.
I'm wondering if I can put her back in Gen Pop? It's been 6 days since the surgery and I feel 100% comfortable with putting her back in with her cagemates.
Any reason I shouldn't?
- You can quote me
If you have the time sometime and are talking to your vet, I would really like to know the suture material. This has apparently worked out just beautifully and I know I have at least one with a reaction to dissolvable.
Meg saw the vet yesterday. She has 100% recovered, looks and acts great and seems to be suffering no ill after effects at all.
I asked him what sort of suturing he had done. He used monocryl (dissolvable) to close the muscle layer and surgical glue to close the skin so there were no sutures to remove.
He said that Vicryl sutures(dissolvable) should never be used because it can cause reactions-- sometimes severe.