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    My rat Edgar keeps getting cysts. He's had around 3 now, each time they drain naturally and heal up in a couple of days, and hasn't had any major issues or huge behavior changes until now. he had a huge cyst on his neck that popped green puss recently when I held him, the first couple of days I...
  2. Rat Health
    hi all! my red-eyed boy enzo's abscess burst last night. I noticed the abscess a while ago but thought it was a tumor (thank god it's not) and couldn't get into the vet. there's pus, blood, and it smells awful. I wouldn't have a problem flushing it out, but he's very skittish. he lets me pet...
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    HELP!!! My poor little fern is on antibiotics and anti inflammatory already for a respiratory infection and possible lung inflammation, but now the right side of her face is swollen and her breath is absolutely foul, it hurts her when I touch it what is this what do I do? Could it be a tumour...
  4. Rat Health
    ..( more /biggerpics at very bottom ) .I'm trying to figure out if my girl has an abscess or tumor. I went away for 2weeks and left someone in charge of Mt rats. I came back about a week ago. They never cleaned the cage AND PUT WOOD CHIPS ON TOP INSTEAD OF CLEANING( they have hamsters). There's...
  5. Rat Health
    While petting my oldest girl I noticed a lump under her ear. You can’t see it but you can definitely feel it. It can easily move, It’s kinda hard and It seems like It’s a bit smaller than a pea. Can someone help me identify what it is? Is it a tumor? A cyst? A face abscess? Ps: I have a vet...
  6. Rat Health
    Her gross, necrotic abscess opened last night. I cleaned it with a warm washcloth and used a syringe with saline to clean it out. I posted this same picture on reddit, and someone made me feel really awful, telling me to take her straight to the emergency vet or she was going to die. She's on...
  7. Rat Health
    My 2 year old pet rat, Mori, had surgery on a very large mammary tumor by her genital area removed four days ago. On day two of healing, I noticed one of her stitches (incisions?) Was turning black. I took her into the vet urgent care and he said we had caught the infection early and gave us...
  8. Rat Health
    Hi! My hairless rat suddenly got this hard lump under his eye a few days ago. I separated him from my other rats because he likes to start fights & it gets him hurt too easily. My initial thought is that this is an abscess but it hasn't popped yet. I haven’t seen pics online of an abscess in the...
  9. Rat Health
    TL;DR: lump appeared overnight. Rat is from pet store with undisclosed health history. Lump is hard and does not seem to cause rat pain. No pus or drainage from lump or penis. Still eating, drinking, playing with cage mate. Is this a cyst, a preputial abscess, a regular abscess or a tumour? I...
  10. Rat Health
    Hi everyone. I took my rat to the vet last night after an incident but the vet did not have a clear idea of what had happened. Please read this, and if your rat has had similar symptoms and you have any other information that you think could help me or that I could pass along to my vet, please...
  11. Rat Health
    Hi! I noticed this lump on my rat Pepper last night, I’ve only had rats for a few years and this is new to me. Is this an abscess? How should I proceed? It doesn’t seem to be bothering him or cause trouble when he eats. It’s just in an awkward spot. I want to try to avoid taking him to the vet...
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