Ovarian Cysts???

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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
Supporter in 2019

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!

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