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Benign hair tumour

Gemm

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Hi

I found a lump on the back of my guinea pig which was not affecting his eating or movement and took him to the vet. The vet took a sample and diagnosed benign (thank goodness) hair tumour. She has recommended removal of the tumour in case it turns nasty.

I have looked up information on this but can’t find much at all.
Does any one have any experience of this?

Thanks in advance!
 

Gemm

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Ps just to clarify i trust my vet and I am going to get it removed
 

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Hi

I found a lump on the back of my guinea pig which was not affecting his eating or movement and took him to the vet. The vet took a sample and diagnosed benign (thank goodness) hair tumour. She has recommended removal of the tumour in case it turns nasty.

I have looked up information on this but can’t find much at all.
Does any one have any experience of this?

Thanks in advance!
Hair tumours haven't turned up much, if at all so far. They have most likely been either misdiagnosed or been treated as either cysts or tumours. Lump removal is one of the more common operations with a very good recovery rate in the ones sitting in the skin and not deep in the body. All kinds of 'lumps' are quite literally lumped together under that heading from harmless lipomas (fatty lumps), sebaceous and other cysts, abscesses, various benign and malign tumours (including mammary ones) etc. Hair tumours are just a new sub-variety to the last group. ;)
Here are our post-op care tips, which you may find helpful: Tips For Post-operative Care

Diagnostic testing is still a rather new and fast developing area for guinea pigs and other small animals, which have been considered not worth the effort or research until very recently. We are currently confronted with new issues all the time as the horizon is expanding and knowledge from other areas is transferred into veterinary science and then into exotics species (of which rabbits and small rodent pets like guinea pigs are very much the long neglected step-childen species, when it comes to research and interest by specialising vets). :(
 

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As above again great advise and information.
Many of us on here with piggies have had lumps removed from the little poop machines. Thankfully most without problems.
Great you like and trust your vet. That helps
 

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Never heard of one of these before, but hope all goes well with the removal.
 
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