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Crusty Eyes White spot on eye, crusty discharge

GPLove

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Our guinea pig (female, approx 6.5 years old) has developed a white spot on her right eyeball today. She's having a good bit of crusty discharge from that eye.

She is eating normally & is talkative, though a little less talkative than usual. She seems to be having normal urine & fecal output, though she's passed gas a number of times in the past couple of days.

She eats plenty of Timothy hay. She has not been having any cruciferous vegetables--primarily romaine lettuce, bell peppers, apples, sometimes cucumbers. She has lost a little weight (0.6 oz) & feels a little bonier through her hips.

For a few months now, her breathing has been different--kind of pulling in big breaths & flaring her nostrils while breathing. She doesn't seem to be distressed by it, so we assumed it was a part of the aging process.

Our primary concern is for her eye, though, as we have found several different possible causes on this site, but we're not sure how to narrow down if this is serious & needs to be seen by a vet.
 

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Looks like it might be osseous choristoma. Here's some info from a long-time poster at Guinea Lynx: https://www.guinealynx.info/records/viewtopic.php?p=162#p162

As far as I know, there's nothing to be done for it, but it doesn't seem to cause pain to the pig. If it grows enough, it can eventually affect her vision in that eye, but most pigs adjust just fine.
 

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This morning she seems normal. Still had the crusty discharge. Weight is up a tiny bit (+0.2 oz / +10 gr). The edges of the spot look more defined/less blurry to us. Does that sound like it would be in line with osseous choristoma?
 

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With her breathing and this eye issue, maybe have the vet check her anyway. My pig Amigo had heart failure and developed spots in his eyes. I think the vet called it fatty or lipid deposits. I have had 2 pigs with heart failure and they can hide the issue well. Does she make any noises when breathing, cough or breathe faster/heavier?
 

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