I feel really bad right now as I just found a large lump to the left of her left nipple. I haven't had her out for a few days ( I've been sick), but when I had her out Monday, I didn't see anything on her. The lump is about the size of a walnut and looks a little bruised. It doesn't seem to hurt her to touch it and it isn't warm to the touch. My first thought was a mammary tumor, but I don't really know anything about them. She is still eating on her own, but I'm going to feed her some veggies away from the other girls, just to make sure she gets enough.
I do plan to get her into the vet as soon as I can. This just landed at a really bad time. My pigs have never been seriously ill, so I'm not sure how to proceed. I have her in with the other girls still, should that be okay? They get along really well and she hate's to be away from them. How urgent is this? It's Saturday night now, and I think she could wait until Tuesday(because of the long weekend), but could she wait longer if the vet can't get her in?
I'm not thinking clearly right now and I just need some direction from the experts. I am especially close to Alice as she has done a complete 180 since I first got her, and want to do whatever is best for her.
I'm just so upset. There is a vets office in town that is open tomorrow, so I may try calling them, but I'm not sure what I can do. I have NO money at the moment, due to another urgent matter, so I need to figure out what I can do. At least I know I have a couple days to figure it out. I really appreciate the advice and support.
- You can quote me
Do make sure you have a vet that is exotics experienced and has done this type of surgery successfully many times before. It's one of the better-outcome-prognosis ones, and most often the tumors do NOT recur. But any surgery is dicey and you need someone who knows what they're doing.
Best to her and to you.
He knows our money situation and said that the tumor is either malignant or it isn't. If it isn't, she could possible live quite a while with it, or have surgery to remove it. If it is, she would go downhill fast, and surgery would not help her. I noticed tonight that the tumor has definitely grown. However, she is still herself, still eating and pooping normally, and seems fine with it being touched or poked. The only thing she isn't happy about is me constantly taking her out. She is not a people pig and now hides when I come near the cage.
Money is a definite issue here. It always is. Today, surgery would not be an option, but I might be able to in two weeks. It depends on the vet and his growing quotes really. The other problem is I'm not sure I should operate on her. If it is cancer, I don't want to put her through surgery. It most likely would not help and I would want her last days to be happy. I also don't want to kill a somewhat healthy pig with surgery. I am just so overwhelmed and do not know what to do.
CareCredit is not available in Canada, and nothing similar I can find seems worth it. The only program that does seem worth it, the vet is supposed to be in the process of applying for.
I am watching her pretty closely as we had problems with her eating when we first found the tumor. She started not eating well, so I supplemented with pellet mash and then CC. I then noticed she was a little bloated, so we had to deal with that too. She really perked up once I added pumpkin in though, and she has been fine since. It almost seemed like she felt weird and started to not care, but she perked up and wanted to eat then. She has been normal since, even doing zoomies. The thing I found helped the most with the bloat, besides quite a bit of canned pumpkin for fiber, was putting her in a bed on the dryer, and standing there with her while I ran the dryer.