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    Hello all,
    So for a little bit now, I've noticed a lump on my little one's back. It's a little to the left of the spine near the rear end. It never really bothered me until I was giving him a bath today. It doesn't hurt him (or at least doesn't seem to) when I touch it. It even looks a bit bruised. I am planning to bring him to the vet when I get my job back home in a few weeks but I was curious if anyone has dealt with something like this. I'm worried especially since he's not even a year old yet. Please help
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    Re: Lump on Left of Spine near Rear End

    Don't know if you have already seen this or if it well even help, but i performed a quick google search and this came up. Hopefully it will help! http://www.netvet.co.uk/guinea%20pigs/abscesses.htm

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    Re: Lump on Left of Spine near Rear End

    Is it squishy and moveable? Is it at all warm to the touch? Is it touching his grease gland?

    It may be a sebaceous cyst or a fatty lipoma.

    See http://www.guinealynx.info/lumps.html.

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    Re: Lump on Left of Spine near Rear End

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Is it squishy and moveable? Is it at all warm to the touch? Is it touching his grease gland?

    It may be a sebaceous cyst or a fatty lipoma.

    See http://www.guinealynx.info/lumps.html.
    I didn't try to move it. When I poke it, my finger doesn't squish into it but it's definitely not hard. I don't think it was warm to the touch. When I googled "grease gland", it is pretty close to where the lump is.

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    Re: Lump on Left of Spine near Rear End

    Quote Originally Posted by CutsieCavies View Post
    Don't know if you have already seen this or if it well even help, but i performed a quick google search and this came up. Hopefully it will help! http://www.netvet.co.uk/guinea%20pigs/abscesses.htm
    thank you!

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    Re: Lump on Left of Spine near Rear End

    Can you see the grease gland on his back? What I'm concerned about is that the grease gland may have some sort of infection in it that's spread to another area of his back. If the lump and the grease gland aren't running into each other, then that's not a concern. But if they are, you need to see a vet to get it lanced/drained and possibly an antibiotic.

    Is there any sort of scab on top of the lump?

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    Re: Lump on Left of Spine near Rear End

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Can you see the grease gland on his back? What I'm concerned about is that the grease gland may have some sort of infection in it that's spread to another area of his back. If the lump and the grease gland aren't running into each other, then that's not a concern. But if they are, you need to see a vet to get it lanced/drained and possibly an antibiotic.

    Is there any sort of scab on top of the lump?
    I cannot see the grease gland and there is no scab on it.

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    Re: Lump on Left of Spine near Rear End

    See that slightly rough area that your index finger is pointing to? That looks to me like it's possibly the grease gland, although if it's not right in the middle of his lower back, it's out of place. But if it is, it's right on top of that swollen lump, and I'd definitely be worried if that's the case. It might be nothing, but it could be something serious.

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    Re: Lump on Left of Spine near Rear End

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    See that slightly rough area that your index finger is pointing to? That looks to me like it's possibly the grease gland, although if it's not right in the middle of his lower back, it's out of place. But if it is, it's right on top of that swollen lump, and I'd definitely be worried if that's the case. It might be nothing, but it could be something serious.
    Actually I just checked him again. The lump is about an inch away from his grease gland although his grease gland does look like I need to clean it as well. It doesn't look infected or if it is, it's a small infection. I'm definitely going to keep an eye for it and bring him to the vet when I get the money soon here.

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    Re: Lump on Left of Spine near Rear End

    Sounds like a plan.

    But you really should have a vet fund set aside. Guinea pig care can be very expensive, and unfortunately, the pig won't check on the state of your pocketbook before it decides to become really ill. If this were a respiratory infection or a urinary tract stone, your waiting until you could get the money together might mean the death of your pig, even if was only 24 hours.

    You also should find an exotic vet near you. Small animal (dog and cat) vets have little or no education and training in the care of exotic pets, and can actually do damage to them. When your pig is in the middle of an emergency, that's too late to look for one.

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