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Winston been to the vet this morning

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Further to my last thread (here), I took Winston to his vet appointment this morning for the lump on his rump.

The vet checked his lump (still pea sized), listened to his heart, weighed him, etc. and he was mostly a good boy, just very scared. She doesn't know what the lump is, but has suggested a couple of options. I did mention that he had been in a fight with Minipig, and she said that could be it, but it is a very round spherical lump, and not irregular at all. Usually they would syringe a sample out of it and test it in the lab, but she didn't think Winston would sit still long enough for it and he's have to be put under, which she didn't want to do.

So I've been given a week's course of Baytril (0.25ml twice a day) to see if that will sort it out first. If the lump doesn't get smaller in a week, I'm to bring him back and we have 2 options. First is syringe a sample (would probably have to be put under) and secondly is to remove the lump altogether in a small operation (again would have to be anesthetize him, but would be the cheapest option for us and probably best in long run for him?)

What would you do? I don't want to do more than is necessary, but at the same time I know you sometimes have to be cruel to be kind and I want him to get better :{
 

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Samples can be taken from a pig without a GA - apply local anaethetic gel and towel wrap him so that the appropriate part is visible and use the syringe to extract it - my pigs just sit there as they don't notice the poke of the needle.

If the ABs don't work it would be advisable to find out what this lump is.

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Thanks - I'm definitely going to find out what the lump is; I'm just wondering whether I should have a sample taken first or go straight in for the operation and have it removed.

I think the vet was worried that he would be squirming way too much to have a sample taken (and he nips all the time when he's being held), that she'd have to put him under GA to have it taken. My thinking is to go straight for the op if he's going to have to have GA anyway, rather than mess about with him twice, but I also don't want him to have to go through the op unnecessarily if he doesn't have to ?/
 
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