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Enlarged kidney, advice please!

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Lilly has had an x ray, it isn't good. The vet said her left kidney is 3 times the size it should be. She appears to have a cyst on her ovary and a possible bladder stone, could anything else go wrong. I am so scared I am going to lose her.
Does anybody know anything about enlarged kidneys and if there is anything I can do for my little baby?
 

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I'm afraid I don't know anything about enlarged kidneys and what that could mean. When you say "possible" bladder stone, is the vet unsure about this?

If everything you have mentioned is definitely what is going on then, the x-ray is being read correctly and by experienced eyes, yes, there is a lot there to think about. I'd just want to know that the vet is 100% sure of their confidence in reading the radiograph before any action is taken. Preferably a second opinion just to be absolutely sure.

That's just me and my concern, how I would react if it were my pig in ths situation, I understand if you trust the vet's take on things and don't feel a second opinion is necessary.
 

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I'm afraid I don't know anything about enlarged kidneys and what that could mean. When you say "possible" bladder stone, is the vet unsure about this?

If everything you have mentioned is definitely what is going on then, the x-ray is being read correctly and by experienced eyes, yes, there is a lot there to think about. I'd just want to know that the vet is 100% sure of their confidence in reading the radiograph before any action is taken. Preferably a second opinion just to be absolutely sure.

That's just me and my concern, how I would react if it were my pig in ths situation, I understand if you trust the vet's take on things and don't feel a second opinion is necessary.
 

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This is the second opinion, the first vet just said that it was a tumor in the kidneys. They did blood tests which also show that the kidney isn't functioning properly. They are guinea pig specialists so I can't really do anything more.
They have said they could operate, (remove the one kidney, remove the ovaries and remove the bladder stone), obviously this is a major operation and the vet said such a small chance of recovery.
I think we are going to give her medication to help her kidneys and to make sure she isn't in any pain. She has actually been a lot better over the last few days, she has been eating loads and has been very active and lots of squeaking. She is a little fighter, apparently the vet said as soon as she came round she was munching in her box. Just going to have to take each day as it comes.
 

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Ok, thanks for clarifying. Sounds like a good plan to me, I very much doubt any piggie could survive such extensive and invasive abdominal surgery.

When my Charlie was diagnosed with a kidney tumour (mass attached to kidney) we chose not to have him operated on, and he survived very happily for nine months after diagnosis with only pain relief and Reiki (energy healing).
 

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Thank you, it's good to know that she might still have a chance.
It's so difficult seeing them ill, they are my little babies, a major part of the family as they live in the house. Just hope she doesn't have to suffer.
 
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