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Swollen/enlarged Testicles

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Caitlin Wilson

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My 18 month old testicles have recently been noticeably large and seemed to have enlarged overnight. I took him to the vets, they seemed to think there was a lump on his testicle, and he had tests that came back inconclusive. They told me i could either do the test again or have him go under gas to get a better chance of finding out what it is. At the time he was staying at a friends, who is a training veterinary nurse, could the enlargement be due to different products in his cage being used? Also, my friend has multiple other guinea pigs in which he interacted with but remained in his cage on his own. Any advice would be extremely great-full, thank you.
 

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Hi and welcome!

A lump won't be down to anything your friend did, but it may be worth seeing what is really going on.
 
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Many boars have quite prominent testicles. My boyfriend likes to say that Anselmo looks like he's sitting on a couple of cheesy puffs when you see him from behind! I don't have any photos on my phone, but I'm sure a few others members could post a well endowed boar photo or two.

Is your vet guinea pig knowledgeable? I've had a vet say that one of my pigs bottoms looked swollen, and he wasn't happy when I laughed and pointed out that he was a boy! Some vets don't have as good training as others so it's best to see a guinea pig spaicialised vet.

What tests were done? If you're certain it's not normal then he might need a scan to see if there is a problem.
 
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Many boars have quite prominent testicles. My boyfriend likes to say that Anselmo looks like he's sitting on a couple of cheesy puffs when you see him from behind! I don't have any photos on my phone, but I'm sure a few others members could post a well endowed boar photo or two.

Is your vet guinea pig knowledgeable? I've had a vet say that one of my pigs bottoms looked swollen, and he wasn't happy when I laughed and pointed out that he was a boy! Some vets don't have as good training as others so it's best to see a guinea pig spaicialised vet.

What tests were done? If you're certain it's not normal then he might need a scan to see if there is a problem.
 

Caitlin Wilson

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Many boars have quite prominent testicles. My boyfriend likes to say that Anselmo looks like he's sitting on a couple of cheesy puffs when you see him from behind! I don't have any photos on my phone, but I'm sure a few others members could post a well endowed boar photo or two.

Is your vet guinea pig knowledgeable? I've had a vet say that one of my pigs bottoms looked swollen, and he wasn't happy when I laughed and pointed out that he was a boy! Some vets don't have as good training as others so it's best to see a guinea pig spaicialised vet.

What tests were done? If you're certain it's not normal then he might need a scan to see if there is a problem.
Thank you for replying. My vet is brilliant, he's helped me with many guinea pigs in the past and is very knowledgeable. He is a small animals vet, so he only does pets such as guinea pigs, hamsters and rats etc. They took a sample of the lump, and fatty cells were shown but not enough to be certain that it is nothing to worry about. Also, he thought it was unusual that he would have a fatty lump there. He's recommended that he opens it up, because it feels very loose as if its not attached to the body and removes it now before it causes him any problems.
 

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Personally if you are going to go down the route of anaesthetics and investigations of the testicle, you'd probably be better just having him neutered. It means its only one anaesthetic rather than finding out its potentially something that needs removed, where he'll then have to have another anaesthetic anyway.

Ofcourse this is just my personal opinion- i hope its nothing serious and they get to the bottom of it soon!
 

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I had a similar issue with one of my boars. I was going to have him neutered anyway, so I just went ahead earlier than I would have done and by a specialist vet. One testicle got huge overnight :(

It turned out he was born with a damaged lining to his testicle. The vet couldn't tell this from the exam, just that it wasn't right. Neutering solved the problem. Sadly, despite the vet being extremely experienced neutering piggies, Harry died later from the after effects of the neutering - poor sweet boy - he's still missed after all these years. The (non specialist) vet I saw first with Harry said that he would have died without the op.

This isn't a story to put you off having him neutered, just the sad truth that a minority of boars have complication with neutering, but it may be the best/only option in this case.

Hugs and healing vibes x
 
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