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Conditions 6 Year Old Health Issues

Kids0519

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Hi, new here. I have a 6 year old pig. She’s older than that slightly I’m sure. She’s had confirmed ovarian cysts for almost 2 years but has had them longer with me thinking she was constantly bloated and treating that until it wouldn’t stop. The vet said that spaying her at her age would be risky so we have managed with pain meds and she’s done fairly well considering. She really has no hair loss. She has a very small amount on her belly before her back leg. No crusty nipples, she was having some recurrent UTI’s but hasn’t in awhile.

As long as I can remember, even 4 or so years ago she has has somewhat of a “head bob” while sitting there, doing nothing. It’s nothing extreme to make me think I need to run her to the ER and her vet has always said her lungs and heart sound good and the cysts weren’t affecting them at those times. The other day it looked to me a little more pronounced, I may be overreacting and over analyzing but I cannot tell at this point lol. I’m a worrier. We’ve had such bad luck with our animals coming down I’ll suddenly that I’m trying to be proactive. She doesn’t sound wheezy or anything when I listen to her chest. She’s eating drinking and running away from me like normal. She’s not overly sucking in for air or anything like that either. Wondering if maybe the cysts are starting to push on her diaphragm now or she may be developing heart issues. I do have an appt on Tuesday for her as that was the earliest but wondering if it seems to be ER worthy? Thank you! I’m not sure how to attach a video so I’ll have to figure that part out then do it.
 

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If she is eating, drinking, and moving normally and she’s not struggling to breathe, I think a Tuesday appointment would be fine. Speaking from experience, ER vets usually aren’t the most knowledgeable for guinea pigs. A trusted exotic vet that has seen your piggie in the past would probably be a better choice.
 

Kids0519

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If she is eating, drinking, and moving normally and she’s not struggling to breathe, I think a Tuesday appointment would be fine. Speaking from experience, ER vets usually aren’t the most knowledgeable for guinea pigs. A trusted exotic vet that has seen your piggie in the past would probably be a better choice.
Thank you. This is what I’m leaning towards. I’ve been watching her like crazy and she’s still herself and tired of me by her cage lol. I’ll continue to keep an eye on her and take her to ER if I see anything change. I’m off til Monday thank god and yes exotic vets in ER’s are few and far between around here
 

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