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On Friday we took fudge our guinea pig to the vets as an emergency. She was struggling to walk, had lost her appetite and wasn't herself and seemed to be breathing heavily. The vet gave her a checkover and said she had a chest infection.Fudge had a red eye that had some discharge and the vet said she had a little runny nose. She also had a crackle when listening. She was given medication and we were told to take her to our normal vets the next day. We did this and the vet found that all of fudges lymph nodes were up. She told us reasons for this but seemes concerned about lymphoma. The did a needle thread but it was inconclusive when it came back, so we have had a repeat needle thread done and should get results back later today. Fudge is very poorly. Her legs seemed paralysed and very off balance, especially the back ones. If is is lymphoma, would Fudge be struggling to walk or could it be something else? Other people who have had guinea pigs with lymphoma say they were still quite lively.

Lymphoma is a type of cancer and just as with humans doesn't always effect everyone the same at the same time.

You've spent a great deal of money for diagnosis. Most people would not have the resources to do that. Unfortunately combined with the lung issue it doesn't sound like Fudge has a good prognosis. Even without a respiratory issue this is something that would likely not be cureable.  

You have to consider the pain and struggle the poor little thing is suffering. With that in mind, you might want to make a decision about how much farther you're going to go.  

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Raised and shown cavies for many years, having aquired my first cavies in the early 1970's as pets. My caviary currently handles 65 + animals in two different breeds and several varieties. Having been in the health care industry as a licensed nurse for 35 years I have hands on experience with care and needs in both humans and cavies. Member of American Rabbit Breeders Association and American Cavy Breeders Association.

Awarded Lifetime Membership in of one of the oldest cavy clubs in the United States, on whose Board I served as Sec/Treas for six years and currently serving as President. Also editor/publisher of the club's quarterly newsletter. We are strong supporters of our youth exhibitors, most of whom are 4H members who are working on cavy projects. Through these projects they become good responsible citizens. We deal with all aspects of showing, breeding, caring for and sharing experiences in the fancy. The cavy fancy is not a new one but in some areas is still relatively unknown. Our goal is to inspire interest in high quality, responsible breeding to improve the species, not just the reproduction of guinea pigs. Our job is to educate owners to help them make the right decisions and choices in the care of their cavies.

Graduate in nursing. Certified in emergency medicine.

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