I was wondering if anyone who has had a rat go through surgery for tumors has an opinion on gas vs injectable anesthesia. I met with two veterinarians regarding my rat's tumor. it's in a weird place - not mammary - it's at the base of his tail. One vet told me that they use GAS anesthesia and quoted me $800 ($200 for biopsy and ~$600 for surgery). Another vet told me it would cost me $120 and she uses INJECTABLE anesthesia.
What's the big difference? And what kind of anesthesia have your rats gotten.
Also, I asked if I would be given post-op antibiotics and I won't be getting any. Is this normal?
And would I need a collar to keep him from chewing at his stitches? I read on a website that they usually don't chew on their stitches is this true?
Thanks for any help you can give me!