Robin came to see Caroline at the practice as she was passing blood from her back end. She had been seen by her local vets earlier on in the day and they were suspicious that she may have bladder stones. Robin was referred to Caroline for further investigation as bladder stones require surgical removal in most.
Robin had X-rays and an ultrasound of her abdomen and bladder stones were ruled out as the cause of the blood. Caroline was concerned that the blood was coming from elsewhere within her urogenital tract. The source of the blood was identified when a large mass protruded out of her vaginal orifice. Vaginal tumours and uterine prolapses do occur in guinea pigs so it was decided that Robin required exploratory surgery to rule out a uterine prolapse and also to remove the vaginal mass. Under anaesthetic the mass was vaginal in origin and not a uterine prolapse. Robin was spayed after also discovering that she had cystic ovaries. Spaying her also reduces the risk of reoccurrence.
Robin recovered well from her anaesthetic and was soon eating and passing faeces and urine without problems. She was hospitalised overnight for syringe feeding, fluids and medication so we could ensure her recovery was uneventful. Robin was then returned to her owners for them to carry on medication.
Robin came back to the practice six days after her surgery and she was back to normal. She was happy to be back at home with her companion and her human family