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Recovery after hysterectomy

Sasco

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After months and months of health problems Ethel was finally diagnosed with, in the vet's own words 'horrendous ovarian cysts' a month or so ago and had a full hysterectomy 3 weeks ago. She has done really well with her recovery in many ways but is hair stripping really badly and has become quite sleepy. I spoke to the vet last week and we restarted pain meds, but she's still enthusiastically removing as much of her hair as she can. I wondered if this might be a reaction to the changes in hormones going on? Planning to ring the vet again tomorrow but I would welcome any thoughts. I really want my bouncy spiky Ethel back (Abyssinians just look wrong without their spikes!)
 

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Oh I’m so sorry! Afraid I can’t help with this but hope some one will be able to soon
 

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It can take some 6+ weeks for all of the remaining hormones to leave their system I believe, which may be whats happening. Very rarely some ovarian tissue can be missed and continue to produce cysts and issues, returning to the vet is definitely a good idea just to figure out whats happening, usually my piggies are back to normal within a couple of weeks after a spay for cysts.
 

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Thank you! Almost exactly a month to the day after her surgery Ethel's hair suddenly started growing back and she started bouncing around like a total nutter. She's still very rumbly, but the vet said some guinea pigs retain their rumble if its largely happiness related, and she has always rumbled when she's happy - she rumbles every time I put food in the hutch. It is so lovely to see her so well after so long. Unfortunately her sister is now showing early signs that she may have cysts, so we are off to the exotic vet next week. I was going to pop Ethel along with Mabel for moral support and so will be able to just check he is happy with her then :)
 

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Good to hear the news about Ethel.
Hope all goes well for Mabel
Thank you 😊 Just to keep me on my toes Nellie has joined in and has blood in her urine this evening. She cried when passing it so we will be off to see vet to check for uti tomorrow.
 

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Oh dear it all comes at once doesn't it! It took around 4-6 weeks for Betsy to return to normal after her spay. Her fur has all grown back and she is the gorgeous long haired piggy that she once was instead of the scraggly little madam she had become. Dennis loved her throughout though and put up with her grumpiness when things were at their worst.:wub:
 
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