Lump on R's neck

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:58 pm


I found the topic I was looking for, it was Tracy and her then almost 6 year old guinea pig. These lumps may have been mammary tumors and were in a different location. They seemed much slower growing as the topic spans almost 3 years.
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She did not have them surgically removed, feeling her guinea pig was old and would not do well. Removing mammary tumors is not particularly invasive and generally has a good outcome. I wish she had done so early on. In retrospect, I think she would have agreed.

zygote

Post   » Wed Mar 10, 2021 2:21 pm


Thanks for that post. It's a good reference. Sorry for the delayed reply - I didn't see that the topic had moved on to a second page.

I honestly thought R wouldn't hang on this long. But up until the last day or so, she has still been interested in us and in eating so we've continued putting food/water within her reach, giving her meds, and keeping her clean. But now, even her eating has slowed down a lot. It's time.

Even though we aren't allowed inside our vet's office, we did find out they are doing house calls. So one of the vets is coming tomorrow afternoon to put her to sleep. I'm glad we'll get one last day to say goodbye and fill her up with her favorite treats, and that we'll be able to keep her at home and in peace. 8 years and 3+ months is a good, long run for a guinea pig. I hope we've managed to do right by her.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Mar 11, 2021 7:31 am


Eight years+ is a good old age for a guinea pig. I am glad she had all this time with you. I hope your memories of her are good ones.

Lisa12

Post   » Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:55 am


I am very sorry..:(

Can I ask its 8 years old really quite unusual for guinnea pigs?

I havent heard of many who lived up to it.

zygote

Post   » Thu Mar 11, 2021 4:45 pm


Thank you both for your kind words. After some more sudden and sad experiences with past pets, it was so comforting to have her go peacefully at home. It was a vet who has treated her her whole life, and she was very kind.

I am sad and will miss her a lot, but I'm at peace with the decision and timing. I don't know how many guinea pigs live until 8, but none of mine ever have before. I am already thinking of all her good times running around the cage, eating her favorite treats (oranges and parsley), sniffing her little nose up in the air to beg for more, and falling asleep on my lap for hours at a time. She was the best little friend.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:06 pm


It is always hard to lose a beloved pet. You have all our sympathy.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:36 pm


I am so sorry. Eight years is s good, long time, but the loss is always painful. That's so great that the vet made a house call.

Lisa12 - out of 14 pigs we've had only one that lived to 8 in spite of the fact that she had a lot wrong with her over the years. Her mother lived 7 years, also a record for us at the time. It seems there was a genetic component there.

bpatters
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Post   » Sat Mar 13, 2021 9:53 am


I had one that was over eight, but I had to put her down because her knees were totally destroyed with arthritis and she was beyond the point of pain medication helping. She was otherwise in very good health, and I think she could have lasted years longer.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Sun Mar 14, 2021 12:36 am


My condolences, Zygote. She sounds like a sweet little pig who had a good life with you. So glad her passing was so peaceful and she could be at home. I hope the good memories will help ease the loss. Take care of yourself.

zygote

Post   » Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:49 am


Thanks again for all your nice words and support.

I really wanted to know once and for all what the lump on her neck was, so we decided to do a necropsy. It turns out that the lump was indeed cancer - fibrosarcoma. So it definitely wasn't anything treatable by antibiotics. Our only option would have been surgery, and even then it could still have come back.

We also found out that she had myocarditis, and masses on her heart and spleen. The lab identified the masses as xanthomas, which I have never heard of. Our vet said they are also cancerous. Between the myocarditis and the mass on her heart, she likely wouldn't have survived surgery anyway.

With this additional information, I feel even more strongly that we made the right decision when we chose not to treat the neck lump any further. Keeping her comfortable with pain meds was the best course for her. It's brought me a lot of closure to know for sure. (Though I will take away the lesson to push harder for a culture for infection if this ever happens to another guinea pig in the future, just in case!)

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:28 pm


I am so glad you did a necropsy, especially because it added clarity concerning her overall health situation. Closure is important.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Wed Mar 31, 2021 12:23 pm


The necropsy results are very interesting. When our pigs die, who knows what all is going wrong inside in addition to the most obvious cause of death. Usually we've spent so much money - into the thousands sometimes - that I don't want to fork out any more.

zygote

Post   » Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:57 pm


Yeah, the necropsy was definitely $$$. It was lucky that it happened right as we were getting our stimulus checks...helped make the decision easier! It was worth it to me for the closure. If we'd been able to diagnose the lump while she was alive, I wouldn't have done the necropsy, though.

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