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I have researched this. She is not crabby. The area is not painful. She has symmetrical fur loss on boith sides and the belly. There is swelling on each side as if there was a chicken egg (in size) in there. She is 3 1/2, and unspayed, oi course.
I found this online:
>> Treatment is dependent on the kind of the disturbances, caused by the cysts. There is no need to treat small cysts without symptoms, hormonal active cysts can be treated with hormones (Gestagen, HCG, Buserelin) or homoeopathic. As initial treatment a series of 3 injections at intervals of 14 days prove successful, in many cases the effect is no long-term solution, treatment must after few months take place again. Periodical injections are necessary in an interval of approximately 5 months.
Treatment of choice is the surgical remove of the ovaries. It is indicated, if the cysts make problems or other health risks cause of their size. In the meantime the anaesthesia and operation techniques developed in a way, that surgery in guinea pigs is no greater risk then in other small animals. <<
It doesn't seem like injections are that helpful (?).
I have no idea how big these things get (is that chicken egg size the limit?), how important prompt treatment is (she acts and eats normally in every way), and what happens if they are not treated. Nor do I know how dangerous spaying is in an older piggie.
I ask all this to be knowledgeable when I do call the vet. I hope the one who advised me last Summer on Cushings Disease in my hamster Makeeda is still there. She I trusted.
This part of that quote I really don't understand it being incomplete in its information:
>> It is indicated, if the cysts make problems or other health risks cause of their size. <<
What health risks? What problems? How big?
Last edited by Zouave; 06-26-2005 at 04:52 AM.