Regular communication and working in partnership with other organisations, pet owners and animal health professionals is essential in achieving our mission. With good teamwork we aim to communicate via social media, our website and by face to face interactions with pet owners and animal health professionals.
We respect the feelings of pet owners and provide trustworthy information that we communicate in an honest and open way. We aim to promote ethical research to ensure the information we share is accurate and up to date.
By sharing information within the pet community, we can help to empower both pet owners and animal health professionals, and by sharing success stories inspire them to remain optimistic rather than assuming a cancer diagnosis equals a death sentence.
Other types of cancers that have been diagnosed in guinea pigs include the following:
•Cavian leukaemia/lymphosarcoma has been linked to infection with a type C retrovirus that is contagious, although neonates and stressed guinea pigs are most at risk.
Thankfully, most of these are benign with only a few being malignant or cancerous. The main predisposing factor for neoplasia in guinea pigs is aging and most tumours are found in guinea pigs over 3 years of age, although it has been diagnosed as early as 4 months of age.
Spontaneously occurring neoplasia is relatively uncommon in guinea pigs compared to other mammals; however, as pet guinea pigs are living longer with better husbandry and veterinary care, they are being diagnosed with more types of neoplastic masses.