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Arthurs Got A Lump

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Arthur has a little lump above his nipple under the skin, its small like the size of a pea if that, I'm hoping its nothing serious but will give the vet a call tomorrow to get an appointment. Anyone else have any advice on this? His weight is the same his coat is still shiny but his eyes are a little watery but his eyes have been watery on and off for ages and I cant seem to stop them, it may be the hay I had been using so have changed back to my old supplier now.
 

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It could be anything really. Piggies are prone to fatty lumps that are benign so fingers crossed it's nothing sinister.

I have a pig with lumps, the vet initially tried to do a biopsy which came back inconclusive (I've since heard a few people say similar so not sure how reliable biopsies are for this matter). Peter ended up having an operation to remove a couple and the lab found they were only benign which was a lovely thing to hear.

Keep us posted on what happens
 

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It could be anything really. Piggies are prone to fatty lumps that are benign so fingers crossed it's nothing sinister.

I have a pig with lumps, the vet initially tried to do a biopsy which came back inconclusive (I've since heard a few people say similar so not sure how reliable biopsies are for this matter). Peter ended up having an operation to remove a couple and the lab found they were only benign which was a lovely thing to hear.

Keep us posted on what happens
Thank you, hopefully he will be fine but I will let everyone know :)
 

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Sending healing vibes. Could be a bit of mastitis? I know Kell on here, one of her lads had mastitis and it formed in abscess like lumps around the nipples. It cleared up well with a long course of antibiotics and draining them.
 

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Sending healing vibes. Could be a bit of mastitis? I know Kell on here, one of her lads had mastitis and it formed in abscess like lumps around the nipples. It cleared up well with a long course of antibiotics and draining them.
Ooo Oki ill look into that and see thanks for the tip
 

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Any lump needs to be checked by a vet, especially if they are near a nipple. The vast majority are thankfully harmless and sitting loose in the skin.
 

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WP_20150319_001.jpg so this is Arthurs vet face hehe bless him such a grump! Anyway just got back from the vet, she says the lump doesn't feel tumorous or like a growth, but more tubular, she even wonders if a foreign body has got into the skin and this is just tissue build up around it. So no meds for now just going to keep a close eye on it. I have no idea what could have gotten into his skin though so I am a bit worried, although the vet pointed out that although I've had him a while it could have been from before I adopted him and just taken time to react. I dunno, anyone have any thoughts on this?
 

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Oh dear I'm sorry never come across anything like this. Did they not suggest any investigations to find out what it is/what they can do?
 

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Oh dear I'm sorry never come across anything like this. Did they not suggest any investigations to find out what it is/what they can do?
Well the vet didn't want to do unnecessary surgery or anything but if it grows or causes him pain or problems then she will.
 

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Foreign body is most likely a hay seed/wood splinter from bedding that has penetrated the skin. It can happen but is rare

However please don;t rely on this diagnosis. Good you are going to keep a close eye - I personally would be concerned and hyper-vigilant as the most commonly occurring lump on/near a piggy Boar's nipple is found to be, on biopsy, a fast-growing mammary tumour.
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Foreign body is most likely a hay seed/wood splinter from bedding that has penetrated the skin. It can happen but is rare

However please don;t rely on this diagnosis. Good you are going to keep a close eye - I personally would be concerned and hyper-vigilant as the most commonly occurring lump on/near a piggy [you]Boar's[/you] nipple is found to be, on biopsy, a fast-growing mammary tumour.
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I will keep an eye but the vet was very confident that it did not feel like a tumour she said it didn't have the right shape or form and felt like it was only deep enough to be in the skin it didn't feel like it was a cyst or tumour. Poor Arthur had never been poked and felt like that before he was uncomfortable but such a good boy. My vet is very good I trust them as they specialise in ferrets etc but ill keep you all posted on Arthurs progress
 
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