I'm feeling really down. I have two guinea pigs, but they went to live with my Mum when I moved overseas as she has lots of grass and they have a lovely life here. However last summer, the older one (not sure how old, he was rehomed with us) got a cut on his leg, which over the course of a few months grew into a squishy lump. He has also lost weight and hair.
My DM took him to the vets at pets@home who drained it, but ever since then it's been an open wound. It gets worse, then better, but never totally heals, and as I'm back in the UK visiting, I'm planning to take him to the vets tomorrow (not pets@home).
I'm just dreading it, dreading them saying he needs to be PTS, or dreading them giving me an impossible choice between PTS or expensive, painful, risky surgery.
A wound that doesn't heal either has an infection, like an abscess or hypergranulation tissue (which is a red,very vascular 'over-repair' tissue where there's a foreign body or the animal keeps licking and irritating the wound)
The weight loss and hair loss is a worry too. Guineas don't eat if they are stressed, illness can make them lose weight (and in old age )
Get the vet to check his teeth He might suggest a Vit C supplement If he gets antibiotics make sure they give you probiotics Check for mites WRT the hair loss
Unfortunately there might not be anything they can do for your boy. Give him every chance but it might boil down to the quality of his life rather than the quantity.
Also sending you kind vibes for tomorrow, hope your guinea will be OK. IF he is eating, drinking and enjoying life in the run with his companion, he sounds like he is managing, but always worthwhile getting him checked out so he is not in pain/got an infection etc. Good luck
Thank you! Mixed news really today. There is nothing that can be done about the bloody mass on his leg, there isn't enough spare skin to be able to stitch it up, and although he has been given another course of antibiotics, as the first one didn't work the vet isn't hopeful. However she has said that he is not an euthanasia case as he seems happy and remarkably unaffected by it. The weight loss happened long enough ago (and hasn't grown worse since) that she doesn't think it is connected to his leg. The plus is that he can stay with his lady friend, and when we notice him stop eating/become lethargic/not himself, then it will be time to take him in, but that could be months away. The infection may or may not spread.
So happy to have been able to bring him back home to his companion today though! He was my first baby and helped me through a struggle with depression a couple of years ago, was there on the morning of my wedding in my wedding photos!! Very special little pig!