Ovarian Cysts???

Brist1cm

Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:27 am


I went to cut Baileys nails and noticed how large and crusty her nipples were (I don't know how to insert image or I would) ANDDDDD for about a month she has been super moody to the other cage-mate (but her moodiness seems to be lessening now). I am just putting 2 and 2 together, I think she has Ovarian Cysts, shes not spayed. I am a graduate student so I am all over the place, with living. So I am not near my "normal" vet. The closest vets to Burlington, Vermont are 3 hours away on the Lynx page!

So, SOS!!!!

And I have been reading that the options usually are:
1) do nothing
2) draining
3) hormone injections
4) operation to remove

What is the usual the case? I am just worried about making the wrong decision and surgery scares me because I feel like I've read so many bad cases of piggies not waking up.

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Sef
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Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:55 am


How old is your guinea pig? It sounds like she needs to be evaluated by a cavy-savvy veterinarian. Have you researched exotics vets in your area, other than using the GL listing? I'm not sure how current it is.

Brist1cm

Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:48 am


She's 2.5 years, and I'm currently looking in the area for the day!

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daisymay
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Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:13 am


I would suggest getting X-rays or an ultra-sound done. Our Jessie had an ultra sound as the vet felt cyst. We put her onto HRT and for her it worked a treat. She was 6 and we thought surgery was too much for her.

She got an injection, then 2 weeks later another, then nothing for 6 months, then back to the two injections 2 weeks apart. 2.5 years old I would have thought maybe a little young? Are there any other symptoms? Maybe she gets crabby when in season?

Just a thought. Keep us posted. You may wish to also weigh her weekly too as weight lost can mean piggy is sick.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:47 am


It does sound like there is something hormonal going on.

Personally, I would like to see a vet I knew and felt comfortable with who was a good surgeon with lots of guinea pig experience and at a time I could spend time during recovery. There might be a good one in your area.

For a healthy guinea pig and an experienced surgeon who has done multiple successful spays on guinea pigs the odds are good there will be a positive outcome.

I did not get a spay right away for my guinea pig Snowflake after I determined it was likely she had ovarian cysts. If you noticed a great deal of swelling in the area of her ovaries, it might be more of an emergency. As daisymay points out, there are injections that can help but they must be repeated.
http://www.guinealynx.info/surgery.html
http://www.guinealynx.info/postop.html

Brist1cm

Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:51 pm


Hey guys,

I took in her and they did an ultrasound but didn't see anything. They said she looks a little swollen (don't quote me on swollen) but they decided to do a hormone shot. If she loses some mass (~10 grams) in a week she'll go in again in 2 weeks and get another injection. Thanks for the info Daisymay and Lynx!

Side note: She took the shot like a champ and didn't even squeal, that's one brave piggy.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:35 pm


Sounds good! Shots are definitely the least invasive. Let us know how things go.

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daisymay
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Post   » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:34 pm


Great news! Great tough little piggy! Give her a kiss from us!

Brist1cm

Post   » Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:26 pm


Baileys medical thread updates:

Bailey has received a Lupron shot in March which only lasted 2 weeks then she had an implant (forgot name) which seems to be working.

However she recently lost her cage mate May 15th (RIP Bella).

But now one of her eyes is slightly more watery (for the past week)and I pulled her bottom eyelid down to see if something was going on and I found this small growth. It's very small but it is noticeable if you compare the two eyes AND since her eye has been watering.

Any ideas? My heart can't take more sick pigs.

This is an album, sorry for blurry pics she doesn't like the flash.

Her unaffected eye (more brown and white fur ) is in the album with her affected eye (more black fur) https://photos.app.goo.gl/kSwHVnnuMxfsCutZ8

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:24 pm


That link is no good.

Have you seen http://www.guinealynx.info/eyes.html? There might be something similar there.

Brist1cm

Post   » Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:02 pm


I hope this link works, if not I'll email a photo to admin https://photos.app.goo.gl/BNrPtPqVafLD18xB6

It doesn't look as close to pea eye as its a small bump, not her entire under the eye. Her eye looks closet to the photo on this webpage (image toward the top on the right-hand side of the page) https://www.vetstream.com/treat/exotis/guinea-pigs/diseases/ ... nd-swellings

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:34 pm


I can see your image, but can't see what on her eye you're talking about. And I don't see any images on that other link at all.

Can you get a closer, well-lit picture of her eye?

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:55 pm


It could be fatty eye and sometimes the tissue is pink. However, since the eye is weeping I would want to check for an irritant or injury in the eye, just to be sure.

Here is a good video of a guinea pig with fatty eye: https://youtu.be/XJOGwXqsw2E

Brist1cm

Post   » Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:28 pm


Here are better pictures I believe https://photos.app.goo.gl/AUhvKZvGFZdg4NtM6

It doesn't seem to bother her but the weeping concerns me too.

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:34 pm


Pea eye isn't necessarily all the area under the eye, and that's what her eye looks like to me.

It's not usually serious, although it is anecdotally possibly linked to heart disease.

Brist1cm

Post   » Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:15 pm


We were always suspicious of heart disease for Bailey based on her irregular breathing patterns. Would heart medications hurt if she didn't have a condition? I'm not sure all the testing is worth it if we can just try meds.

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:17 pm


Just trying meds is usually the way heart disease is "diagnosed." Just be aware that some vets are reluctant to try them, but it's worth the effort to find one that will.

Brist1cm

Post   » Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:20 pm


I'm going to search the thread but I've seen Lasix a few times, is that the most prevalent medication?

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daisymay
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Post   » Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:53 am


Joy was on 2 medications, one for her heart and one for BP. They were Benazepril and Furosemide. Seems they work in conjunction with each other. If Bailey gets better then it is her heart, if she stays the same then it is not her heart and no harm done by trying heart medication.

I am sorry you lost Bella. RIP wee one. Run around in perfect health in paradise and munch on the greenest of grass. For ever young, popcorn to your hearts desire. Sending big hugs!

X-rays could also be taken of chest and abdomen to see if any fluid surrounding lungs and heart but trying the meds is a good way to try. Thanks to the meds we got an extra 8 months with Joy, she was 6 and a bit when she started on the meds and lived to 7 and 2 weeks. Good luck to you and Bailey.

bpatters
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Post   » Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:40 am



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