Yeah, the pig gets pissed and glowery, but having seen one die from adhesions and finding out they´re caused by scar tissue ripping and rebuilding until the scar tissue causes blockage - the pig can just suffer for a few days. Small price to pay.
I did talk to one helpful vet who suggested examining the bloody discharge under a microscope. He said you could tell if there was an infection present and also if there were a-typical cells. I posted in the reference forum how a guinea pig may have experienced the first pap smear. It would seem any reproductive cancerous problems might actually show up this way.
I think Nina may have quit bleeding so there may be nothing to check but I´ll bring this up when I haul them in to see the vet. Maybe she could get a pap smear (or something like it).
I am a little fuzzy about this, but I think the vet I talked to today (who I understand is also a local "radio" vet) may have said that often with an ultrasound and suspicious bleeding, you may end up doing surgery to find out what is going on even if nothing shows up on an ultrasound. I think this is why he suggested analysing the discharge as a first step in diagnosis.
The vet took a picture of her uterus and ovaries, and gave me a copy. The cysts were quite huge, and filled with fluid that he said was almost pure estrogen.
My vet also said that even with an ultrasound you often wind up doing the surgery anyway.
Very interesting about analyzing the discharge.
Sorry, numbers mean nothing to me and it took a while for this to register.
From an old post:
Try to keep Pepper as quiet as possible to reduce the risk of
adhesions forming. Our vet recommends 3 days restricted movement (carrying
case) and 4 days with no jumping or climbing. Adhesions are scar tissue
forming around surgical wounds. They don´t happen to every pig - but we
did lose one to them a few years ago after she was spayed. Now we
exercise extreme caution with major surgery post-op pigs
Since ours are free range and have a multilevel condo, we have to take particular care in movement restriction. A pig in a regular cage might just have to bypass floortime for a few days after the initial movement restriction. Adhesions may not happen and probably won´t, but having experienced them once, I personally won´t take any chances. If I´d never had a pig die from them, I wouldn´t take these precautions, but having had one die, I now do everything possible to make sure it doesn´t happen again.
Snowflake has a sleeping shelf they jump up onto and bathrooms they jump into so I am guessing I had better make sure she doesn´t jump for a while. But I´ll give her more level room to move around.