Took my guinea pigs Babe to the vets day before yesterday because the huge cyst that she had on her back was seeping this greyish cream.
The vet explained that she could either stick a large needle in it to drain through a small hole or lance it (would be quicker as the slit would be bigger than a hole) so we decided it should be lanced.
Upon examination the vet found another little cyst by her rear back leg. She was quite worried about this one because of it's position and it was quite solid, yet still felt a little soft. She explained that if this one didn't drain when pierced with a small needle that it maybe cancer. She then explained that if it was a cancer lump that Babe would have to undergo an operation to have it surgicallly removed. Because she is a guinea pig there is around a 20%-30% chance that she would pull through (because of fear, adrenaline and anesthetic)
We were asked to leave the examination room whilst the draining was done.
I was so proud of my little piggy though, she didn't squeal once and the vet said she sat really still for the nurse who was holding her and behaved impecibly!
The smaller lump was non cancerous and was full of a reddish water liquid (not blood). The other cyst decreased in size and the difference is amazing!!! It's now nearly completely flat and Babe seems alot happier.
She has to been given half a dropper ful of antibiotics.
Made of Bay-- something. Natural remedie or something like that. She's on that for 5 more days and she takes it really easily. She drinks it straight from the dropper and doesn't seem to have a problem with it.
It's bright pink. Gorgeous colour!!
She got it on her nose. Whoops
I also have to use diluted hibiscrub on the wound on her back and on the little mini wound by her leg. The one by her leg is hardly noticible!!
The back wound yesterday
And today before Hibiscrub. It seems to be healing nicely.
Bad light, sorry
After Hibiscrub. Not very good pictures, piggy kept moving.
And a few cute ones.
The lancing and draining were really effective, so when the cyst fills up again (It will keep filling up unless the hair folicle is removed) we will have this process done again. Piglet seems happy and I'm happy that it's worked.
Has anyone elses guinea pigs gone through this??