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Lump on back - vet trip booked!

DougalandDiego

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Hi all,

Found a small lump on Dougal’s back to the right of his spine near his shoulder blade area. ☹ It seems to be an under the skin lump but he hasn’t lost weight and still seems himself. He has an appointment booked in for Monday (this was the quickest appointment they had available). Unfortunately the guinea pig savvy vet we use that’s recommended on the forum isn’t in next week so we’re seeing another vet at the same practice. They did say if they needed a second opinion they would contact her and book an appointment in when she’s back. I don’t like that we’re not seeing the specialist but I don’t want to leave it another week before he gets seen! I wondered if anyone had any experience with lumps and could offer any advice before our vet visit? It’s quite small at the moment (smaller than a 5p) so hoping for the best!

Thanks everyone ☺
 

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Thank you all! Hope he’s ok! If it’s a cyst do they normally recommend removal or medication?
 

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Hi everyone. Just wanted to update you all - not the news we hoped for. The vet we saw tried to take some fluid and couldn’t as it’s quite hard. He thinks it’s a tumour but has said it could be benign so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I’ve booked him in with Christina who is the piggy specialist next Monday to see what she advises and go from there. 😔
 

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Oh that’s good to know thank you @Qualcast&Flymo . I’m really hoping for positive news 🤞🏻🤞🏻 Did they remove it completely and then send it to be tested? That’s another concern of mine that the options the vet gave me today were sedate and send a sample then decide to remove or not sample it and just have it removed. I don’t want him to have the stress of sedation twice but then don’t want him to have it removed if he doesn’t need it to be. Hoping Christina will be able to advise on the best course of action that gives him the least stress possible but good to know that others have done! Thought I’d attach a picture of my handsome boy I took the other day 🥰
 

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Yes, that was after the lump was removed and sent for analysis. Simon did a needle biopsy at an initial appointment, but it was inconclusive because the lump was fairly hard so it didn't extract enough cells. He thought it was worth removing though because even if it were a tumour, if he could remove it all there would be a reasonable chance of it not recurring.
 
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