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Hi guys (yet another post in the health and illness section regarding Mo). Yesterday, I noticed that several of the boys poos seemed softer than normal and smaller in size- I soon found the culprit to be Steve with Mo's poos still normal par a slightly smaller size (though they do tend to vary).

I skipped veg that night (though they had had some in the morning and afternoon). The next morning poos had firmed up and so I gave them a single lettuce leaf each as I do not have calcium biscuits and worry about that their vit. C intake. They of course still had 24/7 access to fresh water, hay, pellets and a cool ice pack.

On return home later today, poos still appeared firmer, but still not as many as I'd expect to see normally- again during different weather the boys number of poos does vary as I've posted about previously.

Anyway, I decided to clean both boys back ends of debris and what not (though in this heat I'll likely have to do it again tomorrow as I don't want to stress them out to much and them overheat). Steve ad I thought had the usual hay and hair (yummy lol), but Mo had a single mushed piece of poo and then some more watery (though i did dunk his back end in water first to loosen whatever his butt may contain as I always do). I've cleaned it out as best as I can with him wiggling and what not and it now looks clean. I'm just wondering is it impaction?

I didn't remove a big clump of poo, only a small nugget that appeared soft and all mushed. And I presumed impaction would be a great ball of poo that he'd have collected up. I cannot see anymore and have looked quite deep (that sounds so wrong but you know what I mean) and will look again tomorrow. I'm also worried because I just used a bit of cucumber as a bribe to get him to sit still.

He is popcorning, eating and moving normally, and I thought impaction might make him move less comfortably. I'm just worried and confused right now. Do I lay of veg? They haven't had any more than usual or anything different. Could it be the heat?

He is currently having floortime while I analyse his every move like a dork.
 

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This is the poo he has just done. It's not as mushy as I got out of his sack -perhaps he'd chewed that one? Neither boys are excessively hot and have had access to an ice pack, with a fanned dark room where curtains have been kept drawn and windows closed. They're in the coolest room of the house. Mo is still running about like a mad man lol.
 

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Okay now I'm really freaking out! Just given him a stroke to find a lump! It's near where his crown his on his back, on the right hand side. Small and hard. On moving his fur, it is the colour of his skin par a small black dot and if I touch it he isn't in pain but will twist around as though he has an itch.

Of course, my immediate thought is cancer and how could I not find it before now. I'll attach pics tho its night here so not great.

My previous piggy only lived to three so I freak out terribly at anything like this (can u believe I want to be a vet?)
 

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Hi, I am going through this exact same situation with mine at the moment and he had a spell like this last year too. Last year I eventually came to the conclusion that it was the hay that was bothering him so I'm in the process of again changing hay.
 

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Hi, just seen your pics of the lump and although I'm not a vet this looks and sounds by your description like the cyst mine had removed last week. A vet will be able to clarify.
 

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Hi, just seen your pics of the lump and although I'm not a vet this looks and sounds by your description like the cyst mine had removed last week. A vet will be able to clarify.

A cyst? Phew that's way more comforting than a response I just got elsewhere - they said there's turned out to be cancerous and the piggy developed eight of them. I just presumed cysts were soft and squidgy as opposed to hard.
 

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I would definitely still get it checked out, It was small and quite solid to begin with and I was told to just keep an eye on it. It did get larger and softer just before I took him to the vets but this took months.
 

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Hi guys (yet another post in the health and illness section regarding Mo). Yesterday, I noticed that several of the boys poos seemed softer than normal and smaller in size- I soon found the culprit to be Steve with Mo's poos still normal par a slightly smaller size (though they do tend to vary).

I skipped veg that night (though they had had some in the morning and afternoon). The next morning poos had firmed up and so I gave them a single lettuce leaf each as I do not have calcium biscuits and worry about that their vit. C intake. They of course still had 24/7 access to fresh water, hay, pellets and a cool ice pack.

On return home later today, poos still appeared firmer, but still not as many as I'd expect to see normally- again during different weather the boys number of poos does vary as I've posted about previously.

Anyway, I decided to clean both boys back ends of debris and what not (though in this heat I'll likely have to do it again tomorrow as I don't want to stress them out to much and them overheat). Steve ad I thought had the usual hay and hair (yummy lol), but Mo had a single mushed piece of poo and then some more watery (though i did dunk his back end in water first to loosen whatever his butt may contain as I always do). I've cleaned it out as best as I can with him wiggling and what not and it now looks clean. I'm just wondering is it impaction?

I didn't remove a big clump of poo, only a small nugget that appeared soft and all mushed. And I presumed impaction would be a great ball of poo that he'd have collected up. I cannot see anymore and have looked quite deep (that sounds so wrong but you know what I mean) and will look again tomorrow. I'm also worried because I just used a bit of cucumber as a bribe to get him to sit still.

He is popcorning, eating and moving normally, and I thought impaction might make him move less comfortably. I'm just worried and confused right now. Do I lay of veg? They haven't had any more than usual or anything different. Could it be the heat?

He is currently having floortime while I analyse his every move like a dork.

It is very easy to overfeed veg during the heat; some guinea pigs affected by it will also eat less hay. If you are worried, take him of fresh veg for a day or two to help rebalance his guts again. If he still has funny poos afterwards, then please see a vet.
Hot Weather Management And Heat Strokes
The temptation to overfeed watery veg in hot weather!
 

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It is very easy to overfeed veg during the heat; some guinea pigs affected by it will also eat less hay. If you are worried, take him of fresh veg for a day or two to help rebalance his guts again. If he still has funny poos afterwards, then please see a vet.
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Thank you Wiebke. I will lay off veg for a couple of days and see if they improve. Do you have any ideas on the lump?

I would definitely still get it checked out, It was small and quite solid to begin with and I was told to just keep an eye on it. It did get larger and softer just before I took him to the vets but this took months.

Thank you for your replies and I will certainy be booking a vet visit for Mo. I'll probably take Steve too for a checkup. My dog has a cyst on her tail that comes and goes, so that does make sense. Only hers is soft and squidgy which is why I didn't think Mo's was a cyst.
 

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Thank you Wiebke. I will lay off veg for a couple of days and see if they improve. Do you have any ideas on the lump?



Thank you for your replies and I will certainy be booking a vet visit for Mo. I'll probably take Steve too for a checkup. My dog has a cyt

Sorry, your description is too vague. If you are worried, please see a vet. If you get more larger lumps, then it can indicate the beginnings of impaction or there is another digestive problem.
 

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Sorry, your description is too vague. If you are worried, please see a vet. If you get more larger lumps, then it can indicate the beginnings of impaction or there is another digestive problem.

Yes I'm definitely going to take him to a vet. It's on his back near his right crown that sits on one side of mohawk. And thank you for your replies I realise you are busy.
 

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Yes I'm definitely going to take him to a vet. It's on his back near his right crown that sits on one side of mohawk. And thank you for your replies I realise you are busy.

Sorry, I have still all the water bottle for 27 piggies to refill and piggies to medicate before I can go to bed...

Lumps in the skin should be seen by a vet; they require a hands-on diagnosis. It is most likely a harmless sebaceous cyst, but there is quite a range of different things a lump can be. ;)
 
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