The lump is right inside the ear canal rather on the flap and over the last couple of days has grown to a size that it has started to block the ear. She is back to the vet in an hour. The lump is perfectly round and not solid. If you look closely at the photo you will see a small spot on it that almost looks like a puncture, perhaps the root cause? It's left of the middle.
I've seen a few posts with something similar but would like to know if anyone has seen this sort of thing specifically. Thanks!
Please insist that this be done at your visit today. A culture of the debris, fluid, whatever is removed, needs to be done so as to determine what type of cyst it is.
It could be a benign fatty cyst, which is not serious except for the problems it's size and location can cause. But culturing first is absolutely necessary.
There was someone else whose pig had a somewhat similar mass in the ear. The vet operated once or twice trying to remove it. I don't think the pig made it.
A biopsy would be helpful in deciding what it is. I do think it will need to be surgically removed.
I'm glad it's my regular vet doing the surgery as she has brought my other pig through anaesthetic previously and this time the work is external, far less invasive. Bonnie is a big, healthy pig overall so I have my fingers crossed.
Good to hear your pig came through it OK Shirley.
Bonnie was in first thing this morning and I've just spoken to the vet. She has come through the anaesthetic bright eyed and bushy bummed.
The vet is pretty positive it was an abscess. Needle aspiration under the anaesthetic brought out a load of thick pus so she went ahead with the removal. It was drained and the lining (I think she used the term capsule?) removed along with excess tissue formed from its growth.
I will know more when I pick her up later and will get pics when she is settled. I have a big list of questions for them - ack!
You can see to the top right of the inside of her ear a pale coloured/yellowish patch. It was a pretty nasty abscess that they were able to drain completely, remove the remaining tissue, clean and cauterize. It is very neat - thankfully apart from where it joined the skin the ear is normal. The vet is hopeful it won't return and is very pleased with the outcome.
She has had injectable abs (doxy) and pain meds (metacam). She is back home and is eating, drinking and pooping like a trooper. We are back to our local vet practice (owned by the vet hospital where all surgeries are performed 6 miles away) on Thursday for a follow-up.
So glad to have her home!