Guinea Pig Ovarian Cyst

Guinea Pig Ovarian Cyst

Guinea Pig Ovarian Cyst in females are very common, specially in those Guinea Pigs that have never had at least one litter in their life. Typically accompanying the development of ovarian cyst are hormonal changes which can result in many symptoms which can be any of the following or may include more then one of them.

  • Hair Loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Distended Abdomen (looks similar to Gastric Bloat in appearance)
  • Weigh Loss
  • Anorexia
  • Scurvy
  • Hair Loss – This normally occurs down the flanks (Sides)

How are Guinea Pig Ovarian Cyst Detected?

Sometime Veterinarians can detect ovarian cyst when they palpate the lower abdomen of the Sow Guinea Pig. Sometimes they can be detected on a X-Ray.

An Ultrasound of the lower abdomen is the an excellent diagnostic way of detecting an ovarian cyst.

Because Ovarian Cyst are allowed to grow runs the risk of bursting, and the normal recommended treatment is for Spaying. For Guinea Pigs that are poor surgical candidates hormone treatments such as HCG (human chronic gonadotropin) may temporarily shrink Ovarian Cysts.

In some cases Guinea Pigs may show no usual signs of Ovarian Cyst (hair loss, loss of appetite) until the cyst has grown some size.