My 3-year old sow began losing hair on her sides, on her neck (behind her ears), her nipples were enlarged, and she even developed two extra very tiny nipples. Everything pointed at ovarian cysts, so we tried the hormone shots before we tried the surgery because of her age. The shots didn't help at all. The vet did say the hormones had been expired for a month (she gave them to her for free because of that) and wasn't sure if it was going to work. Millie was getting worse, so we opted for the surgery. Probably the best decision I've ever made. We had it done by a very cavy-savy vet who works at a 24-hour emergency vet hospital so there was always someone there checking on her. She did have one little issue where the very top of her incision became a little bit inflamed, but it's healed nicely. Millie acts like her normal self and all of her hair has grown back! It made me realize how miserable she must have been before. I was scared out of my mind the entire day of her surgery, but it's was so worth it. Even though the hormone shots might not have worked on her because they were a little expired, I would still opt for the surgery over the shots just because it fixes the problem completely whereas the shots seem to be more hit or miss.
Millie also is prone to sludge, and so I pretty much cut out all romaine lettuce. She maybe gets one leaf of it every 3 months. I stick to green leaf because even the red leaf started her sludge again. She's probably only had parsley a couple times in her life, and I switched her from Oxbow to KMS pellets and it also made a huge difference! She gets mostly green bell pepper, but sometimes red or yellow. Cilantro has never brought up her sludge, and she has it weekly and loves it! The butterhead lettuce also seems to do well with her.
Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions
We also had a problem with red leaf lettuce. It didn't agree with either Crackle or Poofters. We tried radicchio too, bit after awhile it bothered Crackle's digestion. We also used to have parsley, but I stopped that due to sludge.
It's comforting to hear about successful spay surgeries. It makes me feel a lot better. Thank you.