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TUMORS/CANCER

PIGGIES CAN GET CANCER AND TUMORS JUST LIKE ANY HUMAN, MAMMAL AND VERTEBRATE. 
Piggies share with humans similar anatomic and physiologic characteristics involving the cardiovascular, urinary, integumentary, and digestive systems.

SOME TUMORS AND CANCERS ARE QUITE VISIBLE BUT MOST WILL LIE HIDDEN. JUST AS IN HUMANS, THE HIDDEN ONES OFTEN GO UNDETECTED.
PIGGIES RE ALSO PRONE TO SKIN CANCER. IT IS IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE THEM WITH SUN SHELTERS AND SUN SCREENS TO AVOID MELANOMAS.

"Numerous published reports in the last 40 years have attempted to promote miniature swine as a model of human cutaneous malignant melanoma.26 Histopathologically, the tumors in pigs and humans are similar, and although these pigs develop a range of pigmented tumors from benign junctional nevi to metastatic malignant melanoma, there are numerous differences between the tumors in pigs and the tumors in humans. The syndrome in pigs is definitely inherited, present at birth but largely gone by puberty. In people, the tumor can be familial but is mostly sporadic and associated with exogenous factors.52 The tumors seldom appear until after puberty and in the middle decades of life. In regressing tumors of the pigs, there is often depigmentation of the skin. Therefore, although the Sinclair pig has some utility as a model for human melanoma in judging efficacy of experimental therapeutics, caution is warranted in translating results to human tumors because the tumors may not share the aggressive biological behavior of their human counterparts and can even spontaneously regress."

FEMALE PIGGIES ARE MORE PRONE TO OVARIAN CANCER, CYSTS, PYOMETRA, UTERINE LESIONS, CYSTIC ENDOMETRIAL HYPERPLASIA, SMOOTH MUSCLE TUMORS INCLUDING LEIOMYOMAS AND LEIOMYOSARCOMAS IN THE UTERUS AND BROAD LIGAMENT, NODULAR ENDOMETRIAL LESIONS INCLUDING; ADENOCARCINOMAS, ADENOMAS, AND/OR ADENMYOSIS.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO SPAY YOUR FEMALE POT BELLY PIGS, AS THEY AGE THEY ARE MORE PRONE TO DEVELOPE THE ABOVE MENTIONED CANCERS, DISEASES AND TUMORS.

SOME OF THE SIGNS TO LOOK FOR ARE DIMINISHED APPETITE, WHICH IN TURN CAUSES A DECREASE IN FECAL PRODUCTION. HOWEVER, THESE SIGNS CAN ALSO BE ATTRIBUTED TO INTESTINAL BLOCKAGES AS WELL.

THE FOLLOWING TWO STORIES ARE OF LUCY AND INDIE (NINNERS). MY THIRD AND FOURTH AUCTION RESCUES OVER 10 YEARS AGO. BOTH WERE VERY THIN, ABUSED AND NEGLECTED. NINNERS REALLY NEVER WARMED UP TO ANY OTHER HUMANS ASIDE FROM ME. I WAS VERY BLESSED AND PRIVALEDGED TO HAVE LOVED AND CARED FOR HER. I ESTIMATE HER AGE 13-15+AT THE TIME.

IT FIRST STARTED AS STINKY DISCHARGE FROM THE BACK END THROUGH HER LADY PARTS. SHE WAS PUT ON SEVERAL ROUND SOF ANTIBIOTICS. I THEN ADMINISTERED A SHOT OF LUTALYSE TO FORCE THE UTERUS TO CONTRACT AND PUSH OUT ANY INFECTION. SHE ALSO HAD TO BE FLUSHED INTERNALLY (NOT FUN!) SHE WOULD GET BETTER FOR A FEW WEEKS AND THEN IT WOULD FLARE UP AGAIN. AND THEN THE PROCESS WAS REPEATED. MY DOC THEN ASSESSED THAT IT WAS MOST LIKELY AN OVARIAN CYST. HE GAVE HER AN INJECTION (NAME ESCAPES ME).
AGAIN, SHE WAS GOOD FOR A WHILE AND THEN SHE STARTED TO DEGRADE. HER APPETITE LESSENED, WEIGHT LOSS.... SHE STARTED THROWING UP HER FOOD. I PUT HER ON ZOFRAN (ONDANSETRON) AS WELL AS REGLAN (METAPROCLAM).
DO TO HER AGE, I OPTED TO SEE HOW SHE WOULD FARE WITH MEDICINAL TREATMENTS AS OPPOSED TO SURGERY.
SHE WOULD NOT EAT PIG CHOW BUT WOULD EAT SCRAMBLED EGGS, PB SANDWICHES, SOME FRUIT AND VEGGIES, ENSURE, GATORADE AND PEDIALITE.
SHE CONTINUED TO DETERIORATE AND LOSE WEIGHT DESPITE ALL OF THE MEDICATIONS AND ANTIBIOTICS. NOT ONCE DID MY BNEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL EVER HAVE A POTTY ACCIDENT AS SICK AS SHE BECAME. AND WHEN SHE HAD TO THROW UP SHE WOULD TRY SO HARD TO MAKE IT OFF OF THE COUCH TO THE POTTY BOX.
I HAD TO MAKE ONE OF THE HARDEST DECISIONS EVER.... I TOLD MY NINNERS THAT I WOULD FIGHT WITH HER AND FIGHT FOR HER AS LONG AS SHE WAS WILLING.... AND THE LAST MORNING... SHE WOKE UP AND LOOKED AT ME AND SHE HAD TEARS FALLING FROM HER EYES. I COULD TELL BY THE LOOK ON HER FACE THAT SHE WAS TELLING ME THAT IT WAS TIME FOR HER TO GO....
I SAID MY GOODBYES AND MY VET PUT HER TO SLEEP AND WAS KIND ENOUGH TO DRIVE HER TO NDSU FOR ME AS I WAS JUST A MESS.
NINNERS HAD GIST. A GASTROINTESTINAL STROMAL TUMOR. WHICH IS OPERABLE HOWEVER, NINNERS WOULD HAVE EITHER HAD AN ILEOSTOMY OR COLOSTOMY BAG FOR THE DURATION OF HER LIFE.
 
PIGGIES ARE ALSO PRONE TO MASTITIS, MAMMARY CANCERS AND TUMORS REGARDLESS IF THEY HAVE GIVEN BIRTH OR NOT.

BELOW IS ONE OF MY RESCUE PIGS LUCY- ****GRAPHIC WARNING******

AT THE TIME LUCY WAS 13-15+. I AM NOT SURE OF HER AGE. BUT, I HAVE HAD HER IN MY CARE OVER 10 YEARS AT THE TIME OF HER ISSUES.

AT FIRST WHEN HER NIPPLE SWELLED I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS MASTITIS ALTHOUGH, SHE HAD NOT HAD A LITTER IN A FEW YEARS. I TREATED HER WITH POLYFLEX AND SQUIRTED ANTIBIOTICS INTO HER MILK DUCT ORIFICE. IT CONTINUED TO GROW QUICKLY. SHE WAS TREATED WITH HIGH DOSES OF AMOXICILLIN, CEPHALEXIN, AND CLAVAMOX. ALTERNATING ROUNDS OF ANTIBIOTICS OVER THE WEEKS TO NO AVAIL! IT WAS SURGERY TIME FOR MY OLD LUCY GIRL! SHE HAD A TUMOR IN THE LACTIFERUS DUCT AS WELL AS AN INTERNAL ABSCESS WITHIN THE LACTIFERUS DUCT.
IT WAS A PRETTY SIMPLE PROCEDURE AS THE TUMOR WAS ISOLATED TO THAT SPECIFIC MAMMARY GLAND. I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR ALL OF THE BLOOD THOUGH. WHEN YOU SEE BLOOD SQUIRTING EVERY WHERE ON MEDICAL DRAMAS ON TELEVISION.... IT IS *NOT* AN EXAGGERATION!!

THE PHOTO IS OF THE TUMOR IN MY HAND.


HERE IS DR. BARB, A VISITING INTERN VETERINARIAN FROM WA, DISECTING THE TUMOR.



HERE IS THE CROSSSECTION OF THE TUMOR THROUGH THE LACTIFERUS DUCT. IN THE CENTER IS WHERE THE ENCAPSULATED ABSCESS WAS. IT IS THE BROWN, GRANULAR GOO. THE WHITE AREAS ARE THE TUMOR.


HERE IS LUCY AFTER SHE WAS SUTURED
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