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Anyone could recommend a vet in Paisley (Scotland) area specialising in pigs (lumps / possible surgery)?

tinkergirls

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Hi everyone, I post my problem in separate thread here but I am trying to find a vet near me (unfortunately no car so options are limited) good with piggies. In short I have 3 piggs treated for respiratory infection for over 3 weeks. Two of them got also eye infected and those pigs have large lumps in the nipple area. Third one is now almost fine (sneezed once yesterday, no other symptoms).

My Vet (not piggy specialist but declaring he has some experience) saw only first one with lump as second lump was discovered over last weekend. He suspect its mammary tumor (no test were done) and I booked surgery. Then I discovered the second pig has the same just smaller lump in the same place. The first pig had also URI symptoms first and eye infected few days later. the second had URI symptoms few days later after first pig and also eye infected few days later. All symptoms are identical. Lump also grow after the same amount of days as the first pig.

I know it could be coincidence but mammary tumors are not that often, not in guinea pigs in their age 2.5 years. I dont believe it could happened to two pigs (different breeds) in the same week and connected to the same URI symptoms witch have nothing to do with the tumor.

I dont have much trust with my vet (not much experience also) but for last 3 weeks 4 different vets in this clinic were treating my pigs with URI and they are consulting mostly by phone, very busy and the last personal visit was less than 5 min. before he made decision about surgery. I know about good clinic in Falkirk but its to far away to take cab or go by bus.

Maybe someone know if there's anyone out there specialising with pigs in my area?

Thank you!
 

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Hi everyone, I post my problem in separate thread here but I am trying to find a vet near me (unfortunately no car so options are limited) good with piggies. In short I have 3 piggs treated for respiratory infection for over 3 weeks. Two of them got also eye infected and those pigs have large lumps in the nipple area. Third one is now almost fine (sneezed once yesterday, no other symptoms).

My Vet (not piggy specialist but declaring he has some experience) saw only first one with lump as second lump was discovered over last weekend. He suspect its mammary tumor (no test were done) and I booked surgery. Then I discovered the second pig has the same just smaller lump in the same place. The first pig had also URI symptoms first and eye infected few days later. the second had URI symptoms few days later after first pig and also eye infected few days later. All symptoms are identical. Lump also grow after the same amount of days as the first pig.

I know it could be coincidence but mammary tumors are not that often, not in guinea pigs in their age 2.5 years. I dont believe it could happened to two pigs (different breeds) in the same week and connected to the same URI symptoms witch have nothing to do with the tumor.

I dont have much trust with my vet (not much experience also) but for last 3 weeks 4 different vets in this clinic were treating my pigs with URI and they are consulting mostly by phone, very busy and the last personal visit was less than 5 min. before he made decision about surgery. I know about good clinic in Falkirk but its to far away to take cab or go by bus.

Maybe someone know if there's anyone out there specialising with pigs in my area?

Thank you!
Hi and welcome!

Have a look at our vet locator. Keep in mind that a vet appointment/medical procedure with a specialist counts as essential travel.
I have travelled by train and bus with piggies of mine (including freshly operated ones) myself when need arose.
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Thank you, I have checked vet locator and there are 2 vets to consider: one - 2 buses + train + 10 min walking and min 1.5 hour one way, the second one - 2.5hour one way and 2 buses + train + 26 min walking. I am not sure if this would be safe for pigs considering the weather (waiting on the bus stops) and the fact there are 2 pigs and at least 2 visits (consultation and surgery). That is why I am looking for other options.
 

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Thank you, I have checked vet locator and there are 2 vets to consider: one - 2 buses + train + 10 min walking and min 1.5 hour one way, the second one - 2.5hour one way and 2 buses + train + 26 min walking. I am not sure if this would be safe for pigs considering the weather (waiting on the bus stops) and the fact there are 2 pigs and at least 2 visits (consultation and surgery). That is why I am looking for other options.
All the best for finding a closer vet.

PS: In colder weather I prefer to heat a snuggle safe to half the time (so it is warm but not hot) and then line the carrier bottom with a thick towel and wrap the piggy area inside in fleece with some additional fleece cosy and soft hay for insulation and to nibble on. It's worked, even on a very frosty morning.
 
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