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Abdominal Lump

Flossys_doll

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My female guinea pig has a firm, grape sized lump on her lower abdomen. It is near a teat, at a spot where she would occasionally bite herself, leaving wounds or bruising which would heal quite quickly. She is almost 7 years old and does not seem to be in any pain. Anyone seen this on their pigs?
 

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It could be a abcess brewing, can you give us a picture
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Above is an example of a abcess, if it looks like this please see a vet!
 

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my god @3 Musketeers I've never seen an abscess so huge!

Any lump should be seen by a vet for diagnosis especially when it is causing discomfort to your piggy (that is why she is biting and hurting herself). From the location it could be a number of things - mammary tumour, sebaceous cyst, fatty lump, abscess and I'm sure there's more.

If you can let us know your rough location the members on here might be able to recommend a good vet as sadly some vets don't know a piggy bum from its elbow
 

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See a vet, my sow has an almost identical lump and we are off to the vet tomorrow. My old boar sadly had cancer and one of the last lumps to appear was there.
 

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Fingers crossed it's just harmless cyst however any lumps need to be seen by a vet asap especially in older piggys as they are more likely to develop cancer. Your vet should take a sample from the lump to test if it is an abcess, cancer or a cyst.
 
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@Flossys_doll It could be a mammary lump which could be cancer or not.

One of my boars had one, and had it removed. It turned out to be just a lump but I'm glad we removed it anyway as it was making his nipple bleed.

It's always best to get lumps checked out. One of my current boys has a lump and the vet says it's fine, just to keep an eye on it.
 
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