I think it must have bothered her because it would often have a fresh scab on it, as though she was biting at it. I gave up figuring it would ever heal and had it removed today. I'll stick a few pics up and put links to others in case you're interested. As the title notes, it's likely a trichofolliculoma (lump -- tumor just under the skin). I asked for it back and sliced it open. Definitely not a cebaceous cyst nor an abscess.
The newest Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents -- Clinical Medicine and Surgery, says that the most common tumor in gps is the "trichofolliculoma, a benign basal cell epithelioma."
"Trichofolliculomas appear as solid or cystic masses, most commonly over the lumbosacral area. They are easily removed surgically."
Anyway, I chose not to have it biopsied as they are usually benign and I would be unlikely to do chemotherapy. Snowflake is about 6 years old now.
Lump two days ago, still the same size but I think she was biting at it more:
Side view of stitches:
Closeup of stitches:
Top of removed lump:
Bottom of removed lump:
Lump sliced in half and kind of doubled over (both sides of cut visible):
Second view of sliced lump:
I don't know if anyone is interested in these pics but thought I'd post them here.
Snowflake is eating well and seems like herself.
I dabbed some Chew Guard around the incision area in hopes that she will not bite at it. This is Snowflake's second surgery (she was spayed). She was a trooper through it all.
- For Rocky
I asked for it back and sliced it open. Definitely not a cebaceous cyst nor an abscess.
Damn, you're a dedicated piggy mom! Or just extremely curious. I'm surprised the vet let you have the lump. I would have thought they'd have to dispose of it specially as "medical waste".
Snowflake acts as though nothing happened. I would guess this is a Good Thing.
Were Radar's lumps pretty firm? About a 1/2" in size or so or did they vary?
- For Rocky
I didn't get a copy of the necropsy report on him to know if they made a definite diagnosis of trichofolliculoma post mortem. (For anyone reading my comments without the history, Radar's lumps didn't seem to have anything to do with his death. He had kidney disease.)
Were you looking for something specific in the mass? I haven't gotten the results from Rodney's histo yet but I'm wondering if it could be the same thing just that his was bigger. They said a quick exam showed skin cells and hair cells?
Is there a link about these here?
Another recent lump removal:
Mab's pig had a large lump removed. Will be sent out to determine what it is. Vet guesses a benign neoplasm.
I think the Chew Guard may have helped -- at least her incision area still looks okay.
I would've had trepidation about surgery at her age: Did you? So glad to hear she's going to be just fine now.
Your lump and chicken cutting comments crack me up! You should've been a surgeon. :)