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To Spay or not To Spay? Ovarian Cysts?

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hot fox

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One of our girls is showing typical signs of Ovarian Cysts, I have yet to have this confirmed-she went to a vet last week, but they did not fill me with confidence, so I have been waiting to see how she progressed, as the vet said this was fine, as she is still healthy.
I wanted to see if anyone had some advise on the HG hormone injections? My vet is currently off work, and was somewhat sceptical about their use anyway.
Flobble has very swollen crusty nipples and swollen lady bits, and has lost weight. She has been hormonal for about six weeks and is mounting the younger siblings.
She is still eating OK, if a little pickier than usual. Her weight is usually 1030g and she's now 965g :(
If a spay is going to solve the problem, I'm not adverse to this idea, while she is still healthy. But I WILL NOT leave her with someone who is inexperienced. I have asked for recommendations close to where I live, but if anyone can recommend anyone, anywhere, I'd be so grateful.
I have asked two local vets, one has done three procedures in ten years, and another practice has done three since April 2009, all sucessful. But no where near as experienced as our usual chap.
Advise very gratefully received.
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I know your usual chap is Simon Maddox, he spayed both my girls. I got them from Rugby Guinea Pig Welfare.
 

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Thanks, Flintstones, we used to live in Rugby, and our awesome dude Oscar is from Tracey <3 I wish Simon was back at work! He leaves a large hole in Piggle Land! Do you know of anyone else? X x
 
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I am of the opinion that if the pig is otherwise healthy, eating etc. then not to intervene, after losing one here to a cyst related spay op. I have several piggies with internal lumps, all have seen a vet but we've opted to let them live out their days here and as long as they are comfortable we just treat them like normal piggies.

That's my view, others may differ and it def depends on your vet and their experience of this kind of thing

Sophie
 

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Thanks, Flintstones, we used to live in Rugby, and our awesome dude Oscar is from Tracey <3 I wish Simon was back at work! He leaves a large hole in Piggle Land! Do you know of anyone else? X x
I have often thought if it was necessary I would go to Simon :))! I know Bette had a Cyst and Glenn felt it he said best too leave it be, as like Sophie said it's only an issue if it is affecting the pigs health.
 

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Thanks chaps, I'd much rather leave it alone, I have no issues with that, she's lively and relatively healthy, my only problem is with her weight loss. It may just be a combination of a broken tooth which is now growing back, and the extra exercise chasing her chums around! I have booked an appointment for her to see Simon's wife Kim next Friday as there is no urgency.
Shall report back, but thanks for your responses chaps. X x
 

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Layla on Tyneside (NEGPR)'s vet had been to a conference where they discussed using a hormone analogue in depot form as an alternative to a surgical option. drug costs suggested were over £70 a year.
it may be worth searching for that old thread
best wishes to you and your pigs
becca
 
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