This one is for our youngest, Squee, a black/charcoal coloured Sheltie of 6 months old.
Came to us last year August covered in lice, but has been healthy since.
I swear all my pigs are getting ill because of Pippin's passing away a week ago. It's too coincidental! or they just hate me..
Anyway, her weight is steadily increasing each month and currently weighs in at 0,887g, but today I noticed a lump of roughly 2cm wide on her throat.
She was bitten by Scruffles last week which resulted in a small wound on her lip which has healed without a problem. Could this cause a lump to come up?
We're taking ALL 3 guineas to the vet on Thursday now, screw the costs. I'm so fed up with them being unwell and I'm pretty sure I am not doing anything to cause this..
It's definitely not good as it's grown a lot over night, poor little thing.
I already told her, just because I miss Pippin doesn't mean she has to be like her health wise.
As for Scruffles, she's SO aggressive sometime towards Squee mostly, but also Chewie who's 8. Scruffles was fine with any company up until a year ago.
We recently build a ginormous cage for them in the hope it was a space issue, but Scruffles just lunges at Squee for no reason.
I've tried floor time, bathing together etc. nothing seems to bond them and now Pip is gone it seems to have gotten worse.
Squee and Chewie are quite close now, but Scruffles... she reminds me of myself as a teenager. Doesn't want to be alone, but hates everyone at the same time!
What can I do apart from separation??
But all of what I know is second-hand information, you may want to call someone with super experience in abscess handling before deciding to separate Squee. If it does burst, though, to be safe, I'd separate. :(
I did read it can be contagious to people if it's a CL abscess & with my weak immune system I'll be triple careful.
The lump doesn't seem to be in danger of bursting yet as it's still under a good layer of skin and thick fur. It's more mobile today then yesterday too.
- You can quote me
No, not at all. This stuff isn't exactly common knowledge. I suspect lots of vets don't know it (but won't admit it).
CL is highly, highly contagious. Other abscess materials are far less so; otherwise, we'd all be having to take extreme precautions when flushing, draining and cleansing *any* abscess. If you have a weak immune system, do take extra precaution regardless, of course.
If this were my situation I'd separate Scruffles out, but make it to where, if possible, she is gridwall neighbors with Squee and Chewie. See how that works. If she chews the bars incessantly, then that doesn't help anything. But I have a feeling she's seizing what she sees as a chance to dominate the group, with Pippin's absence.
" ... but I can not feel any scabs or see any hair loss."
This is what it can look like under their fur
Any chance at all you can go sooner than Thursday?
talishan - unfortunately not :( I'm bound to the fact I need my OH to drive me there and he works full time, plus the fact that Polly is the only vet I trust with my girls and she's in high demand. Thursday was the earliest we could get, but it's early morning. There are no cavy savvy vets near me apart from that one.
I think I might shave the fur near Squee's lump and see if there are any cuts. I might've missed it. She's still eating happily and is active. the lump has grown a little overnight and is now a-symmetrical as well. It's so hard to have a good feel as it's right under where her jawbones part, so it's snuggled into that cavity inside.
everything else was fine apart from some respiratory noise, but that's most likely due to the bigger lump pressing against her throat.
The operation went without problems, she came around really quickly from anesthetics & when we picked her up she was bright, active and inquisitive :)
As soon as she knew it was us she started eating hay & at home she ate lettuce and drank.
She'll be on 0.3ml of Baytril & 0.75(!) metronidazole for 2 weeks. We don't need to flush it as the vet has filled the wound with a type of antibiotic that will keep infection out. We just need to keep it from scabbing over & have a follow up on Monday. it's then we'll know what type of abscess it was (when we picked her up it was from a nurse and she didn't know).
Anyway, Squee seems to not care what happened & has remained her chatty & energetic self.