My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am a Vet tech for 30+ years. Thank-you for requesting me. The area you are describing can be one of several issues. Tooth roots that are infected or impacted in the jaw line can cause a lump which wiyld be an infection. We may be looking at an abscess, a fatty tumor called a lympoma or be may be looking at a tumor. The best thing would be to have Clair into a Vet who is familiar with Guinea Pigs, and have them do a fine needle apirate. This is where they pull some cells from the lump and send them out for analysis. This way they know what type of situation they are dealing with. I will give you a link to locate Guinea Pig Vets: http://www.guinealynx.info/vetlist.html It is very important to have this checked out by the Vet. If it is an infection, they will be able to treat it accordingly with the proper medication and treatment to help Clair. Please let me know if you need further help in this issue. Joan
I wanted to add this link about lumps and bumps in Guinea Pigs. I also misspelled Lipoma(fatty tumor): http://www.guinealynx.info/lumps.html Joan
Thank you for your help here are two links to pictures of Clair. This can better show you what I was explaining. Does this look normal?
I see the area under the neck area. It is wise that Clair be seen. It is a quite large an area, but I am sure some is her weight, but if you are feeling something like a ball, then definately have her seen. We always are concerned when we see lumps and bumps and err on the side of caution to rule out anything serious. Joan