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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-18-2008, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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Update on Roxy

one of my fosters Roxy, I posted about her earlier this week. I finally got her to the vet, and the outlook isn't good She apparently has growths all over her, there is one on her back and one on her side, who knows how many inside? so I can say she isn't pregnant, she is just probably riddled with cancer, thats what the vet said. She doesn't seem to be in any pain, in less you pick her up, so the vet is asking me whether I want to let her continue living or to PTS.

I really don't want to put her to sleep, as I decided after the vets appointment that I want to adopt her myself, and let her live the rest of her life with me, but if she isn't in any pain in less you touch her should I put her to sleep? This is a hard decision, as I have grown attached to her in the last couple days she is so sweet and love able, she is the only one of my piggies that comes to there cage to greet me when I come in the room.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-18-2008, 09:06 AM
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thats so sad to hear!! im so sorry-did the vet happen to mention whether she felt pain?b/c if its just when you pick her up maybe you could try sitting down with her and letting her snuggle up to you without having to pick her up onto your lap? if things get worse and she shows visible signs of distress through not eating or anything out of the ordinary then o would bite my tongue and let her go,in the meantime id give her the best **** time until its 'time'....good luck and take care
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Thanks! She only feels pain when I pick her up, she eats like a horse still, When I give her a cucumber she takes it in her bed and eats it all up. I worry about her, but I will probably do as you suggested and keep her with me now, intill she gets very sick and I can tell she is in pain, and the take her to the vets again.



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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-18-2008, 02:30 PM
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Thats sad.
If she is in any discomfort,distress or pain and doesn't enjoy life anymore - then the best thing to do for her is PTS.




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Did your vet aspirate any of the lumps to determine what they were? There are a variety of non-cancerous types of lumps that guinea pigs can and will develop, including things like cysts.

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I have to take her back in a few weeks for a blood test.


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I'd definitely get them aspirated at least, and possibly removed. Most lumps you can feel on the outside of the skin aren't cancerous. Guinea pigs are actually pretty "lumpy" and tend to develop all kinds that are not life threatening:

http://www.guinealynx.info/lumps.html

The bottom has a list of types of lumps, which may be helpful for you.

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the reason why the vet said she looks like it could have cancer inside, as she is very bloated, and she has 2 large abbesses, he was going to draw the blood the day I went, but she was really stressed, so I said I would bring her back at the week. I just worry about her, she is such a sweet girl!!


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I'm very worried about your guinea pig.

If she has abscesses, they need to be treated. Typically this is done by surgery to remove the entire abscess or by lancing the abscesses and draining it and then making sure it stays open and flushing it daily. After both procedures, your guinea pig should be on antibiotics.

I have never known abcesses to be indicative of cancer in guinea pigs. Guinea pigs are very prone to abscess in general, to be honest. She is probably bloated because her appetite is probably lessening, and she has probably "fluffed" herself up.

I would NOT wait to take her back, and if she were my pig, I'd probably be finding a new vet. She probably needs supportive care, such as handfeeding and/or subcue fluids at this point.

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I am very to hear about your hard times. I know hard it can be to have to make a tough decision. I would also go with a second opinion. Without a biopsy its really hard to make a diagnosis. Maybe it can treated. I hope everything works out for the best
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yeah I guess I should get a second opinion, And I am going to take her first thing Monday morning! Her appetite doesn't seem to be lacking because she eats alot, she loves her fresh stuff and her hey and her pellets, she seems to eat more then my other piggie!


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Also I am wondering if there is any small animal specialists in Wake county, and would i be able to find that information online, or would I need to get a referal from my no brain vet? I was thinking that her abscesses could be from the fact that in till i got her, her nails were really long, and maybe she could have cut her self with her nails?


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You wouldn't need a referral to see a new vet. We've actually got several good small animal vets in Wake Co.

http://www.allcreaturesrescue.org/vets.php

I've been to Dr. Munn in Cary, who is very good, as well as Avian and Exotic in Raleigh, who ONLY see exotics.

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Thanks I will check them out.


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