While Sal was on my lap the other day I noticed a pea size lump directly under his bottom left nipple. It is hard - not squishy at all. It doesn't seem to cause him any discomfort when touching it. Sal is going to see Dr. Murray on Friday. I just want to get some ideas and information on what this lump might possibly be.
She is a sow, however. I suppose boars get them too.
I first noticed a small hard lump about a cm away from his
nipple and thought it was probably a cyst, but decided
to wait and see how it progressed. It doubled in size
over about a month, until it was roughly pea-sized. It
didn't seem to cause him any discomfort at all and he
was perfectly fine otherwise.
I took him in to see Dr. Nakamura, who recommended
having it removed and biopsied. He said it could be
something benign, like a cyst or lipoma, but it didn't
feel like that to him.
Dr. N removed the lump, as well as the nipple and the
whole mammary gland, as Willie had no need of it and
he wanted to be sure he removed all portions of the
lump. He said it was larger than he initially
Willie did well in surgery and made a quick recovery.
He was on Bactrim for a couple of weeks to prevent
infection and I took home Meloxicam for pain relief,
but he didn't need it. The biopsy showed the lump was
cancerous, of a type that tends to spread. Dr. N felt
fairly confident that we caught it early enough that
it had not yet spread, but I am keeping a close watch
on Willie for signs of further problems. We had a
scare a few weeks ago, when a similar lump showed up
on the other side. I made an appointment to see Dr.
N, but in a couple of days the lump had disappeared on
it's own. Freaky.
My recommendation, if Sal is a good candidate for
surgery, would be to have it removed and biopsied, to
be safe. The whole thing cost me about $200,
including the biopsy and meds. Well worth it for the
piece of mind.
I'll definately mention this to Dr. Murray when I see him. I put some pictures of the lump up at: http://imageevent.com/pudgypiggy/salslumpnipple .
It was really hard to get a good picture so the pictures don't offer much but they give you an idea.
Petunia had a lump under her nipple. It started getting bigger and another showed up nearby. Dr. Murray removed it... along with her nipple... he had been concerned, but it turned out to be a lipoma (benign fatty tumor). I hope Sals lump is nothing serious.
Met lady in the office who was upset that her Monterey SPCA piggy (of the white with black guys) had had a tumor on his liver that did him in. And now her other piggy is sick.
On a good note - that lady that Zoe mentioned adopted a pair of my guinea pigs. They'll be very happy in their new home.
If you can afford it,I would. Beaches had a tumour that turned out to be a sarcoma(?) known to have threads coming out that would make it spread. Knowing this, we knew if it returned we would have to be very aggressive in removing surrounding flesh. Luckily, it hasn't come back which means most likely we got it all. But I check her religiously looking for any signs of a regrowth.
I'm so glad that lady got some pigs. She'll feel much better for it and they got a great home.
Well, Raisen thrived after that for about 5 months until she passed away from kidney failure.
I hope this is not cancerous for your guy and that everything goes well.