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Old 12-26-2013, 02:52 PM
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Hi All.. I have not been here in ages..but cannot think of anyplace where someone 'might' have an idea what to do.

My daughter has a guinea pig--its albino, it has a dime size brown lump on its skin near face. Her hubby is out of work and her paycheck barely deals with the family needs so she is wondering short of taking miss g. pig to the exotic vet in town-- is there something she can put on it that won't be toxic to it? While she waits it out to see if it is gonna end up cancer or something?

I had suggested some tea tree oil in a carrier oil--but she thinks that is toxic to it.

Anyone have good info or a suggestion? Really in a pickle with this one, our country vets don't do guinea pigs.
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Mary

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Old 12-26-2013, 03:05 PM
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If it were you--would you consider lancing it?
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Old 12-26-2013, 04:06 PM
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I'd lance it if it looks like a cyst, but I'd check it first with a syringe to make sure it's full of pus and not blood.

If it's pus-filled, I'd open it up and flush with Hydrogen Peroxide or Penicillin

I had something similar on my cat's head, only her's was about 2 inches in diameter

It's probably a secondary infection from a scratch
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:34 PM
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if it is filled with blood-- what would that indicate?
thanks so much for your reply.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:26 PM
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if it is filled with blood-- what would that indicate?
thanks so much for your reply.
That would mean it's a "hematoma" which is a ruptured or "leaking" vein or artery, and cannot be lanced.

They generally go away on their on over time

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hematoma

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A hematoma or haematoma, is a localized collection of blood outside the blood vessels,[1] usually in liquid form within the tissue.
If it's an abcess from a wound, draining and flushing will make it go away with less risk of the infection spreading, but Guinea Pigs can't handle strong antibiotics so that's about all that could be done without a Vet

Good luck!
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:37 PM
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You mention it being a lump, It could also be a fatty tumor. A lot of G.pigs are prone to cancer. If you start poking around it could also get worse.
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