What to do if your guinea pig has a lump under her chin?
Swelling usually are either abscesses or swollen lymphnodes. The only way to determine this is through an exam by a vet. An abscess can be treated. The pig is placed under anesthesia, the area is lanced, cleaned and flushed. The plan of care is continued flushings of the abscess until the area heals with a medicated solution and antibiotics.
What does it mean when a guinea pig has an abscess?
The most obvious sign of an abscess is a lump somewhere on your guinea pig’s body. These can come up very quickly, because they are basically a pus-filled cavity which has arisen in response to a localized infection, caused possibly by a bite from another animal or a puncture wound.
Why does my guinea pig have a pus filled cavity?
These can come up very quickly, because they are basically a pus-filled cavity which has arisen in response to a localized infection, caused possibly by a bite from another animal or a puncture wound. Sometimes they arise because of an infection in a joint or internal organ.
Why is my guinea pig’s white cell count so low?
If the white cell count is low, this is usually indicative of a longer-established infection, where the white cell count has been depleted by the initial immune response and so the bone marrow has not got so many to send into the circulation.
What does it mean when guinea pig has a lump on its neck?
There are 25 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. Guinea pigs can develop lumps on their bodies. Often, the term ‘lumps’ refers to swollen neck lymph nodes that become abscesses (pockets of infection). However, the lumps can also be cysts (fluid-filled pockets), lipomas (fat-filled tumors), or skin tumors.
What should I do if my guinea pig has a lump?
Allow your vet to perform additional testing. Your vet may want to run some extra tests to confirm the diagnosis of the lump. One type of test is called fine needle aspiration (FNA), during which your vet will use a small needle to withdraw a fluid sample from the lump.
Is it normal for a guinea pig to have a cyst?
Cysts are common lumps that guinea pigs are prone to developing. Cysts can grow on the outside of the body (such as on the rump or back) or internally (such as on a female guinea pig’s ovaries). Cysts are often benign. However, it’s still best to have your guinea pig checked by a vet if you discover a lump.
How can you tell if a guinea pig has a lipoma?
There are no specific places where you would look for a lipoma on your guinea pig. Your guinea pig may have several lipomas at one time. Helpful? Detect a decreased appetite. Sometimes, a lump can make a guinea pig feel so bad that it doesn’t want to eat.