Found out today that my gorgeous guinea Lenny has cancer :(
He'd lost a bit of weight and got quite lethargic then started wheezing so duly taken to the vet and diagnosed with a respiratory infection, but had to go back again today as he was not eating or defecating at all despite syringe feeding.
Vet found lumpy changes around his liver and in his abdomen and suggested that they were probably cancerous, as he had a mammary lump removed last year, and these are likely to be the same only internal and malignant. The respiratory infection is likely to be just secondary due to his poor general condition and compromised immune system from the cancer, and the lack of defecation is just because there can't be any output if there's none (or very little) input.
They could apparently try operating but neither myself or the vet were happy with doing this on a ill, underweight small animal.
So Lenny is basically on palliative care - have critical care for his weight, and meloxicom and sulfatrim to try and relieve the respiratory infection.
I worked out that he'll need basically in excess of 100 calories a day to gain weight so god knows how I'll get that into him.
If it looks likely he'll suffer for a long time or be in pain obviously will euthanise but he's only five so wanted to at least give him a fair try.
Sorry. Rambling a bit. Quite upset by this.
Proud owner of 2 chinchillas and a dwarf hamster
(chins for the win!)
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