Also spotted some fur loss around her 2 lower paws.
Here is an image
And I don't know. I also feel omething is off about her belly just by looking. I don't know if it is because of the weigh but it is hard to tell for me.
Here is an image about that concern. I am talking about near her hind legs. It just looks big no? She is currently walking so she is stretched out in this image.
The last picture, it dose seem like it is somewhat lopsided and perhaps swollen. You are best placed to examine her, compare the two sides by feel and see what you think. Her abdomen does seem swollen in the picture above.
So at this point your vet feels this is ovarian cysts but feels further examination by ultrasound will provide more information and/or confirmation?
It might be worthwhile to email Pinta through the board mailer and see if she has any ideas (give her a link to your topic). Pinta has had many many guinea pigs over the years, most adopted and some with unusual medical conditions.
Tomorrow is her vet visit.
I did inspect her when I was taking those pictures. It liked to shift to either side when I was looking or standing her up. Not fast doe. Sometimes when she would be eating, I tend to rub my hands all the way down and some fingers would reach to the sides were it looks maybe distended and it would push into her stomach and after a few seconds it would bulge back out slowly. All the times I would feel around, nothing feels hard at all.
Thanks for bringing up your initial issue (the crusty nipples). Sometimes it is difficult to focus on all the signs as more signs develop. This is what makes keeping all posts about a guinea pig on one topic so valuable. I do not recall seeing such extensive hair loss solely due to ovarian cysts though and in the back of my mind wonder if something else is going on.
I wish I had more experience to draw from. Let us know how the vet visit goes.
The vet said she did feel a mass around were the ovaries lie. she mentioned it could be an ovarian cyst, a tumor or be dealing with both. she also said there isn't a way to confirm which one it is without doing an exploratory which is not an option as my Guinea is in her mid 5 years of age. she also mentioned most tumors that form in guineas tend to be benign so there is that.
I did mentioned about using hcg to her since if it is a cyst, it should help. she excused herself to go check in her medical forums to get back to me and said it looks like it has been used but also mentioned there is another one which is kind of the same thing.
the hcg is an injectable which can cause pain around the injection site. she also mentioned about an implant that last for 6 months called Deslorelin which tends to be used on ferrets but it is a hormone as well. has anyone heard of deslorelin or know someone who has used them on pigs and is it worth it?
of course if it is a tumor, none of those 2 things will help but hoping it is a cyst (even doe i do not want it there in the first place lol)
also, is there really no way to tell if a cyst or tumor at all without an exploratory? is there really no other way for confirmation?
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If it's a tumor, and if it's malignant, there's really no good way to treat a guinea pig for cancer. The goal would be to keep her comfortable as long as possible.
Is there some particular reason, other than just curiosity, that you want to know exactly what it is? Maybe I'm missing something, but since surgery isn't an option, I don't know how that knowledge would help determine a treatment plan.
but yea, i looked into Deslorelin here in the forums and i think it would be the best course. since she has lost allot of fur, i feel if the implant is working i would notice immediately. the good thing is everything is good except the nipple crust, slight distended stomach and fur loss.
I was cought off guard because she only told me to do my research on hcg injection or the implant over here in the forums in our last vet appointment. Anyone know if cysporelin has been used before?
My tought process was to try the implant and minimize the amount of shots towards my piggy to minimize frequent visits and stress her out since she does not like to be handled a ton. Ofcourse, if there was no response to the implant, then I would go with the injection.
she just got her second dose. during the days leading to the 2nd week, i have seen something different. Her belly wasn't as wide as it was before but i did not know if it was just in my head. also one of her nipples lost all its crust but the other still had some stuck. i didn't pay much mind to it either but i saw small hairs in the sides of her bald spots but i never took a closer look before her 1st dose so i don't know if it was always like that or if it is slowly growing back.
when we got to the vet, the vet could not feel the ball she once felt so the cystorelin is probably responding and shrunk, what i believe is confirmed at this point, the ovarian cyst.
I encourage you to take pictures for yourself. I know I have a hard time remembering how things may have changed so pictures will give you confirmation of, for example, hair regrowth.
We have recommended using cold press coconut oil lightly on areas like the nipples to soften and ease removal of a crust if there is one.