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Guinea pig with mammary tumor.

Species: Other
Breed: Guinea pig
Age: 5-8 years
what does a large open lump on a guinea pigs tit mean? the tit has gone!




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Sorry to hear that Muffin is having these problems.

Unfortunately mammary gland tumors (cancer) are quite common in older guinea pigs.

A recent study showed that 50% of mammary cancers in guinea pigs are benign and 50% are malignant.

However, if you are seeing that the area has ruptured then I am concerned that this may be a malignant cancer.

An abscess is a possibility, but not as likely.

It's a good idea to have your vet take a look. They may be able to do surgery to remove the lump. Or, they might be able to prescribe some antibiotics which could help for a little while.

Dr. Marie.

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