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Lump Pebbles has a lump

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I was giving Pebbles her usual chin tickles today when I noticed a large lump (Bit smaller than a marble) it is hard to touch and can be moved.

We are going to the vet tomorrow, she is fine in herself eating and drinking well, infact it seems to be bothering me more than her!

She didn't really want to co-operate for the photo.. but my middle finger is touching the lump to show the location.

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I've never had any medical problems with my piggies before so this is all very new to me!!
 

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Just an update...

Just back,
The vet seems to think it is the lymph node that is enlarged, due to an infection. She gave me baytril and I have too give it twice a day... if not better we are too go back in a week!
She didn't give me any probiotics but I have some anyway, so shall give her that.
She was suppose to be getting her 2nd dose of Xeno 450... should I continue treatment with that? I forgot to ask the vet!!
 

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Glad to hear it's something that meds can remedy and nothing more serious. Sending positive healing thoughts to your Pebbles!
 

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My guinea pig had (well, has) this same kind of lump. She's been on Baytril for almost two weeks now and it seems to be going well for her. Good luck to you, hope all goes well with your Pebbles. Sorry I'm unable to answer your other question about mixing medications. Maybe you can call your vet?
 

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My guinea pig had (well, has) this same kind of lump. She's been on Baytril for almost two weeks now and it seems to be going well for her. Good luck to you, hope all goes well with your Pebbles. Sorry I'm unable to answer your other question about mixing medications. Maybe you can call your vet?

I shall call the vet and ask, I have been speaking to a rodentologist and they seem to be under the impression the meds will do nothing, But I have been advised to continue with the meds.. which I obviously am going too!! I am keeping my fingers crossed that it does have an effect on my pig too...

Glad to see your guinea pig is getting better.. fingers crossed mine will be fine too :)!
 

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Back from the vet which is ment to be cavy savy*(they didn't give me enough baytril)... (that's a joke)!! They aren't in the slightest. I now have more baytril they were very appolgetic but also mentioned how they don't see many gp's, baffling really I was under the impression they did.
I have spent my morning phoning all the vets, I have found a cavy savy vet, deals with exoctics and gp's are a regular occurence, I am taking her for a second opinion, I am wondering if it is the lymph nobe atall.. and maybe just a beign cyst.
I am continuing treatment in the meantime to see if it makes any difference but I shall be taking her to this new vet to see what they think.... Basically I'm throwing money away now but the fact they didn't even give me enough Baytril... destroyed any faith I had!
In the meantime I am 100% more stressed than what Pebbles is she is perfect all I want is a confirmation the lump is fine, if it doesn't go.
 

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I'm getting worried Pebbles didn't get up for her veg but when she did. She ate practically nothing I was putting probiotics on her veg all I guess is she has worked that out, she went away to eat some hay!!

Anyone any ideas on how to get the probiotics into her, she normally destroys her veg and is first up for it!!
 

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How is Pebbles?

One way to get the probiotics into her is to syringe them.

I'm concerned, however, that she didn't eat her veggies. It's possible that she's not feeling well from the Baytril, or the lump is affecting her. I'd weigh her daily for awhile to make sure she's not losing weight.

Have you taken her to the new vet yet?
 

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How is Pebbles?

One way to get the probiotics into her is to syringe them.

I'm concerned, however, that she didn't eat her veggies. It's possible that she's not feeling well from the Baytril, or the lump is affecting her. I'd weigh her daily for awhile to make sure she's not losing weight.

Have you taken her to the new vet yet?

Not yet we are going on Thursday, I fed her, her veg without the priobotics and she ate it all. I think shes smarter than I thought. She seems fine in herself eating veggies, pellets and hay. My only concern is the lump is still there but this is only the 3rd day of baytril so I guess it could take time!

I weighed her last night and she weighs 1054... her previous weight a fortnight ago was was 1024... normal enough! I will be weighing her daily from now on. Just incase :)!
 

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Man thats scary. I'm glad she was just trying to trick you with her veggies though- smart thing!

I was in an accident a few months ago and couldn't lift my hamster due to a new (rather snazzy) elbow. Woke up one day to find him on the floor of his cage unable to feel his back legs :( Poor thing had a tumor. I hadnt noticed because I couldnt pick him up.

Feel so bad for anyone else who goes through that- on the plus side pepples is cool so thats good :D
 

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If a pig has an abscess are there any symptons?
 

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I believe you are freaking out more than necessary. Try to relax and wait for the Thursday Vet appointment without driving yourself crazy.

I am not the expert, but i believe I read about a similar knot in another post that ended up being an enlarged lymph knot and went away with the medication. Your piggy seems to be fine and her normal self. I would just continue with the meds and wait till Thursday. Although your vet wasn't as cavy savvy as you would have liked, a lymph knot is the same in all animals. The vet did after all go to school for a little while. I am sure the vet checked out your piggy thoroughly and it is likely not an emergency (no weight loss either).

I think you got yourself all worked up, your guess is as good as mine about what it could be. Right now your best bet is going with what the first vet said.
 

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An abscess would often cause a lump, maybe swelling, redness, etc. My vet is not entirely sure the lump he just removed today from my pig Cletus's ear canal was not an abscess, although it was just swollen, not red.

It's more important that your pig eat properly and get the antibiotics than eat the probiotics - if your pig is eating and pooping normally and doesn't begin to drop weight I wouldn't stress too badly over the probiotics, although I'd keep trying.
 

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I figure I should start from the start that may help. My Pebbles has developed a lump, so obviously I took her too the vet, that was ment to be cavy savy, as you can see turned out they aren't.

I began my search for a new vet, which I have found I do have an appointment.

I have also been in touch with a rodentogist (very experienced in gp's) He seems to think I'm best to leave well alone, as she is perfectly healthy otherwise and just monitor the lump.

I was under the impression the lump was going down, but it seems to be the way she holds her head it is still as noticable.

Then the conflicting bit, I've been informed it's lymph nobe(vet), CL was mentioned on another forum which would mean it is able to passed on and god knows what else. Abscess too.

I now feel as though I'm stuck as to my best course of action. I don't want to put my little one though unnecessary stress, by no means does finance bother me I just want to do whats best for her.

I also don't want to put her though unnessary pain... if she can live happily with it!

It seems like an easy decision but it's not purely for the reason I don't want to put her though unnecessary treatment.
 

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I totally know I am freaking out but when you have so many links of possibilities it is a nightmare and CL has been thrown up loads, if it ruptures it means my other pigs can be infected, not too mention the fact I don't want her to be in any pain.

I'm just losing the plot sorry, I shall try and not freak out!
 

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I would think that if the lump was causing her serious pain she would not be acting herself maybe even crying.

As for your best course of action. i would stop trying to research on your own and continue the treatment until you see the cavy savvy vet. Keep in mind that the expert you spoke to has not actually seen the lump, so he is essentially guessing.

Try to stay calm, if it isn't growing, I wouldn't thin kit could rupture. If you are to worried, you can always put the sick pigglet in a quarantine cage.
 

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The only advice I could give you is to find another vet for a second opinion. You are already doing that though so I actually have no advice to give,

The lump could be anything so I won't even hazard a guess.

Good luck to you and your pig. I hope it all gets sorted out and resolved happily.
 

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I think that is the best idea, I'm not researching anymore. It does no good what soever. I'm a very paranoid cavy slave as I've only had her 2 months.

Thank you all for the comments, I don't know why I keep stressing about it(well I do) but I need to stop.
 

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It's almost impossible not to stress out. Don't beat yourself up because you are.

Just one more day, then you'll find out.

As Voodoo states, it could be just about anything. Most vets like to insert a needle into the lump and draw out some tissue to see what it is. Let us know how it goes!
 

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We went to the new vet this morning and they seem under the same impression as the other one continuing with the Baytril, and monitor the lump.

They didn't want to take a sample because they believe it to be the lymph nobe too.. and next step maybe an Xray?! I think.
 
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