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Specialist Abscess in abdomen - advice needed

toughcookie

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Wondering if anyone out there has experience of their piggies suffering from an abscess in their abdomen?

One of mine, a boar, roughly 14 months old is currently being treated for one. I first noticed he had a swelling a few weeks ago. Rang one of the recommended vets on the forum but they couldn't see him for approx 5 days so I took him to a different one instead as I wanted him to get seen sooner.

Appointment 1 - Vet said he drained approx 60ml of gunk from him and sent us away with Baytril for 5 days

Appointment 2 - A week later the swelling was looking a little different, vet said it was more solid and he couldn't really get any fluid off it. He suggested at that stage we could give the antibiotics another go, take a biopsy or remove the swelling. I decided on a further course of antibiotics as piggy was still his usual chirpy self, weeing, pooing and eating well and was worried about him having to go through an operation.

Appointment 3 - I was resigning myself to needing an operation but asked for the cost involved first as stupidly I do not have insurance. Vet said he had drained another 100ml of fluid from piggy and said that to operate would cost approx £700.

Unfortunately I'm not in the position to agree to operate at that cost right now. I have already spent £210 on the 3 appointments and my car tax, mot and insurance are all due which I cannot do without.

The vet suggested that he inject antibiotics directly into the area and leave a slightly open wound to see if that resolves the problem, advising that I keep him as clean as possible and separate him from my other piggy. We have a further appointment in 5 days to check on the progress and piggy now has a staple in his tummy.

What I really want to know is does the treatment he has had so far seem correct and does anyone have any experience of vet's bills associated with this issue?

I will do everything to make sure my piggy gets the treatment he needs but will need to get my finances in order. I feel ok about the experience we've had so far from the vet but was flummoxed by the quote of £700 to operate. Is this the 'average' cost or should I be prepared to ring round other vets?

Hope I don't come across as a bad piggy owner, I know by getting a pet you have to be prepared to get the medical attention it needs and if I had even dreamed of it costing so much I would definitely have looked into insurance.

Sorry for the long post and thanks for reading.
 

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All I know is that draining an abscess often doesn’t deal with it. They often do need surgery, the whole capsule removing and it being left open to heal from the inside out.
@furryfriends (TEAS) is another member who can advise much better as she has plenty of experience with abscesses.
 

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Wondering if anyone out there has experience of their piggies suffering from an abscess in their abdomen?

One of mine, a boar, roughly 14 months old is currently being treated for one. I first noticed he had a swelling a few weeks ago. Rang one of the recommended vets on the forum but they couldn't see him for approx 5 days so I took him to a different one instead as I wanted him to get seen sooner.

Appointment 1 - Vet said he drained approx 60ml of gunk from him and sent us away with Baytril for 5 days

Appointment 2 - A week later the swelling was looking a little different, vet said it was more solid and he couldn't really get any fluid off it. He suggested at that stage we could give the antibiotics another go, take a biopsy or remove the swelling. I decided on a further course of antibiotics as piggy was still his usual chirpy self, weeing, pooing and eating well and was worried about him having to go through an operation.

Appointment 3 - I was resigning myself to needing an operation but asked for the cost involved first as stupidly I do not have insurance. Vet said he had drained another 100ml of fluid from piggy and said that to operate would cost approx £700.

Unfortunately I'm not in the position to agree to operate at that cost right now. I have already spent £210 on the 3 appointments and my car tax, mot and insurance are all due which I cannot do without.

The vet suggested that he inject antibiotics directly into the area and leave a slightly open wound to see if that resolves the problem, advising that I keep him as clean as possible and separate him from my other piggy. We have a further appointment in 5 days to check on the progress and piggy now has a staple in his tummy.

What I really want to know is does the treatment he has had so far seem correct and does anyone have any experience of vet's bills associated with this issue?

I will do everything to make sure my piggy gets the treatment he needs but will need to get my finances in order. I feel ok about the experience we've had so far from the vet but was flummoxed by the quote of £700 to operate. Is this the 'average' cost or should I be prepared to ring round other vets?

Hope I don't come across as a bad piggy owner, I know by getting a pet you have to be prepared to get the medical attention it needs and if I had even dreamed of it costing so much I would definitely have looked into insurance.

Sorry for the long post and thanks for reading.
Hi and welcome

Vet cost have unfortunately exploded in the last few years.

What antibiotic is your vet using? Some are better for getting on top of an abscess than others. Unfortunately all the strong ones are officially not licensed for guinea pigs. Sometimes you may even need a combination. Like with rabbits, serious abscesses can be a real battle.

Any abscess that is sitting close enough to the surface needs to be lanced and marsupialised (stitched open) to allow regular draining and twice daily flushing with a mild antiseptic for as long as possible in order to allow it to heal from the inside out. Any speck of infection left in one of the bags will mean that the abscess will flare up again sooner or later.

An operation is normally used for a deep seated encapsulated abscess inside the body.

Our 'Abscess Queen' is @furryfriends (TEAS)
 

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The abscess needs to either be removed entirely, or if that isn’t possible, it needs to be marsupialised. The cost you’ve been quoted seems high. I think around half that charge would be more realistic. Where about in the UK are you based?
 

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Many thanks for all your replies.

I believe my vet is just using baytril. Unfortunately it's hard getting the full picture when your interaction with the vet is via phone while you're stood outside the surgery! I mentioned at the 2nd appointment about other antibiotics being favoured above baytril but he said that they didn't use any other than that.

Regarding my location, I'm based in Leeds. Holly House were the ones who initially couldn't see us without a 5 day wait and so I decided to go elsewhere. Maybe I should give them another call as they are certainly the ones who seem to be recommended.

£350 seems more reasonable. It that had been the quote given this evening I would have been able to go ahead.

With regards to his treatment until I see the vet again, I've just been advised to give him metacam. Is there anything else I can be doing? I'm not sure I'm clued up enough to do any flushing.
 
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