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    Careless Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    Okay, this video explains everything:


    What could have caused this massive cyst? (PS I was saving up money to take her myself and I was going to be a rebel and get my friend to drive me to get her to a vet, but in the end she didn't need one)

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    Actually, she does need a vet. It sounds to me like cervical lymphadenitis, which is highly contagious, and which can be fatal to your pig if the infection spreads through the body. She needs to have the sac of the cyst removed, and she needs an antibiotic. Not only that, but expressing it the way you did is probably very painful for her.

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    That little thing was a real trooper to permit you to do that without thrashing around.

    Bpatters
    is absolutely correct that she needs to see a vet! I'm a physician and even I know that it is better to have someone trained in cavy care to do the procedure. Amateurs should never play with sharp objects.

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    Alright, it's not letting me watch the video, but could somebody please sum up what happened?

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    Squishing with so much force can also rupture a cyst or abscess so it spreads. The pig needs checked for other signs of infection like a fever and given an antibiotic. Otherwise sepsis could set in where the infection spreads through the blood stream to the rest of the body. They die quickly. A nonreactive animal to pain is often a very sick animal without the energy to complain.

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    Actually, I wasn't applying very much force at all, and she is a very relaxed girl. The wound is significantly smaller, and my mum still doesn't think it's bad enough to see a vet :/
    I'm currently putting iodine on it about 2-4 times a day, as well as keeping it clean. I had another girl with something similar a while back, except she had it on her rump...I treated her in a similar fashion to Precious and she's still alive today...and fat.

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    And ever since I drained it she's been allot more active. Is there any way that I could bandage it?

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    The abscess needs to be cleaned of all the pus in order for it to heal. Since you aren't taking her to the vet you need to flush it out a few times a day with a saline solution. It's imperative that all the infection inside is gone before it closes up, or else it will just fill back up again. Since it wasn't lanced open by a vet (and DO NOT attempt to do this on your own) there's a very good chance it will close up too soon.

    Pigs with abscesses need antibiotics.

    I bet the one on the rump wasn't an abscess, but a sebaceous cyst.

    And if it's CL it's very contagious.

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    Okay, well I'll see if I can find a cage to keep her in for now.. (she's in with Muffin, and I only have 2 indoor cages) and the wound looks pretty gross, so I'll definately flush it twice a day. Whats the difference between a cyst and an abscess? I did work experience at a vet, and I didn't poke the lump until the pus was very obvious.

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    Ditto @bpatters

    cervical lymphadenitis is highly contagious and can spread. One of my girls had what appeared to be a "ball" in her neck. I took her to get it drained and looked at. Despite the medication given to her it came back completely until I made the late decision to get it surgically removed. However, despite the best intention she passed away from it and from the pus in her system. My intention isn't to scare you as Yuna was quite young. You should definitely get her to see a vet asap.
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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    I really am trying to get her to a vet @failur3byh3art but my mum thinks it is a waste of time :(

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    Okay guys, I think it might be either much better or much worse...
    I drained a small amount of pus from the wound again, then flushed it out with saline as @foggycreekcavy suggested, and I think it is an abcess, not a cyst. It looks like it's deep, and while I was flushing it, she'd squeal if I used too much. The wound is now allot smaller, and it doesn't bleed. But it kind of looks like a hole...what would an estimated price be for a vet to prescribe antibiotics? I know its about $110 for just a consultation.


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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    Also, is there any way to take her temperature without sticking it up her bum?

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    Praying for your precious baby.

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    @savannahsatchel Bless you, your support means allot <3

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    Of course. Please keep us updated. I have "favorited" this post to continue getting notifications on it. If you don't mind me asking, does your mother just not believe in vets (like some people don't believe going to the doctor is beneficial) or is it a financial thing? If financial, I wouldn't mind helping with a little of the cost. No furbaby deserves to be in pain.

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    She disagrees simply because I have 17 guinea pigs already...(oh wait, 19, two were just born...) and that they're only worth $20 each and I shouldn't waste money on 'stupid guinea pigs' :(
    So I really am doing the best I can for her...

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    Just saw your other post about the 2 babies. Congratulations. And that's understandable, I see where she's coming from. My babies have become the center of my life and thankfully everyone in my family/close circle of friends understand that the piggies come before humans.. in certain cases. Lol. Then again I only have 4 piggies. How did you aquire many?

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    *acquire so many?

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    Re: Drained A Cyst, What Caused It?

    Whenever someone doesn't want them, I take them in...I usually get too attached :')
    I got one from the zoo once...and I've had babies born before too so..

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