It's also flatter than I remember Rosie's incision being. I've looked at the photos on the spay recovery page, but since this incision doesn't really look like that one, I'm not sure how to tell when it's healed.
The vet's office called yesterday and said the vet did get everything out of the lump that was on Penny's butt, and it's nothing to worry about as long as it doesn't come back.
Penny's still eating and pooping well. She took much longer than usual to eat her pellets yesterday, but she did finish them by the end of the day. She ate everything else just as fast as usual. She seems to be in good spirits, too.
Sounds like she is doing well and not experiencing a lot of pain. Did the vet identify what the lump was? Cebaceous material? A fatty lipoma? Something else? If you find out, let us know. It may also help you to know what it was. For example, each lump can have distinct causes but if it is a fatty lipoma, there might be a tendency to develop another.
I didn't get to talk to the vet herself, just one of the reception people who had been told by the vet what to say, and she didn't say what the lump was. If fatty lipomas work the same in guinea pigs and humans, then the lump wasn't a fatty lipoma. My dad has a lot of those, and Penny's lump was very different from the lipomas my dad has. It was much harder, much more raised up, and unable to be pushed around in a little circle. I will ask the vet for more specific information the next time I talk to her.
Penny tries to scratch her incision with her teeth sometimes, so I got her a cone to wear. The smallest size was too big for her neck, though, so she's currently wearing it as a skirt. She's not happy about having to wear it, but it is keeping her from reaching the incision with her teeth while still allowing the incision to be exposed to the air. I imagine it will also keep the incision from touching the floor of the cage if Penny decides to lie down on that side.
- And got the T-shirt
You'll need something to scoop them out with -- cecal poops are very soft. And stinky. Take two q-tips, and cut the cotton end of one of them. Use one intact to scoop with, and scrape the goop off onto the other one. Use that one to offer it to her -- she'll likely just eat it off the end of the stem. That way, she won't get any of the cotton off the q-tip.
Feed her all she'll eat of them.
If she doesn't have any, check any other guinea pig you've got and see if you can steal some.
I would imagine having her separated would also mean her cagemate will not steal them from her (some guinea pigs do this).
Your explanation of the incision was helpful. Note that sometimes theoretically "dissolvable" sutures can protrude and/or not dissolve. You have the benefit of the incision being in a fairly easy location to monitor.
I realized this morning that Penny's poop has been slightly off since the surgery. (Delayed realization, I know.) She's still pooping plenty, but her poop doesn't dry up over time like it normally does; it stays squishy. I think it might also be slightly bigger than usual. (I'd compare the size against Lily's poop, but Lily's poop is always pretty small, which is probably because Lily herself is so small.) Could this be a side effect of the meloxicam? Her weight has been stable, and she's still eating and drinking normally. She's also getting harder to medicate, which I usually take as a good sign.
Look for a product you can use on babies. I think there are also over the counter oral anesthetics for teething babies that might address the itching.
The vet wants to re-check it, and I was told to make her wear an old sock between now and her appointment on 10/7 (the earliest opening the vet had). While we're on the topic of Penny's incision, what should I do about the crusty stuff around it? Penny got rid of some of it herself, hence the crust-less patch in the middle.