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  1. Rat Health
    I found a lump in my unaltered, male rat‘s throat who’s almost 1 year old. He did show some discomfort when examined it. It’s not giant but it’s about the size of a marble. He has gained a significant amount of weight in the past few weeks. He is staying on the lower level of their critter...
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    Advice needed please As some of you might have read in my previous posts 😅 one of my little girls has several tumours. They're getting bigger, she can still move about happily, she runs and climbs and jumps. The skin isn't bleeding or anything, but it is quite thin now. I just wondered when...
  3. Rat Health
    Hey my rat got this thing on her face overnight 3 days ago. Scab just formed last night. Any ideas? I’m hoping it’s an abscess… l
  4. Rat Health
    Im not sure where else to go with this, I recently returned from a trip out of town and I had my roommates look over my two rats for me while I was gone, everything was completely fine when I left, when I returned home after two weeks one of my rats had a giant abscess on his side, it is...
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    I just found a tumor on my female rat. I don’t know if I can afford a removal (I’m just a teenager so I don’t have money). Her behavior is normal, but I was wondering, should I just not remove it and let it be or look into a removal?
  6. Rat Health
    I weighted my oldest girl and It seems like she lost weight. So I have two questions: 1- she has two mammary tumors, could her weight loss be caused by them? 2- my two other girls are always hiding their food where my oldest girl can’t reach (hind leg degeneration), could she be starving...
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    Wanted to spread awareness and some information to others who may be struggling with similar medical issues in their rat. Just took my rat, (Moose) into the vet last week, as a large lump had developed on the cranial aspect of his right forelimb near the shoulder. The vet had originally told me...
  8. Rat Health
    Hello all. I am back again with another issue! In all seriousness, I have talked on here about my girl Chonk before and I have another decision to make. She is turning 2 in June, and last October (2021) she had a surgery to get two tumors removed. It was a rough recovery, and she got an...
  9. Rat Health
    Hello! A couple days ago I dropped my 1 y/o rat, Froggie off at the vet to have a benign mammary mass removed. It was my first experience with surgery on a small animal so I was a bit nervous. The tumor was about the size of a walnut and it was starting to hinder her walking so I decided not to...
  10. Rat Health
    Hello! A couple days ago I dropped my 1 y/o rat, Froggie off at the vet to have a benign mammary mass removed. It was my first experience with surgery on a small animal so I was a bit nervous. The tumor was about the size of a walnut and it was starting to hinder her walking so I decided not...
  11. Rat Health
    To add context : my oldest girl has two mammary tumors and I noticed they didn’t really grow in one week. So I wanted to ask, how fast do rat’s tumors usually grow ?Especially mammary tumors? And can my rat’s tumors grow suddenly overnight? Thanks in advance for your answers! (sorry for my...
  12. Rat Health
    Hi everyone. I have a question regarding my 3 year old rat. She has a really upsetting tumor-looking growth underneath her butt. It appeared maybe 2-3 weeks ago, and it's grown rapidly since. It's smelly, bloody and looks really horrible. I've had rats before with tumors, but this is...
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    My girl Chonk is about 1 1/2 years old (she was adopted so I don’t know her real age but that’s what I presume). She had two mammory tumors removed in October last year. It’s only been three months since the surgery and she already has another tumor growing in the same spot as one of her last...
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    Hi all, first post and its a desperate one. Chad is a boy who I got from 6 weeks from a breeder who I trust, but he seems to have gotten unlucky and developed something on his belly. I've taken him to the vets and they've stated that they are willing to do a lumpectomy and can then determine...
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    Hi everyone! I am regularly seeing my usual vet of a couple years, but we're both stumped at this point. I am getting connected to a specialist this week, but wanted to see if anyone here has encountered this before. I will update with any findings. Crusty Hind Feet (photo taken today) Swollen...
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    Help! I just noticed a small ball near my rat’s thigh! It is hard but seems to be loose under the skin. It is near the surface and not very deep. You can’t see it currently so I have no pictures. It doesn’t seem to bother him because I was feeling around and he wasn’t squeaking or squirming. My...
  17. Rat Health
    What age do all of your consider to be too old to try surgery? I have two females with tumors right now. Quinn has one by her back leg that is the size of a ping pong ball and is a little over 2 so I don’t think I am willing to put her through that. Chonk has 2 tumors (one by her armpit and one...
  18. Rat Health
    I just posted about my rat Quinn having a tumor, but so does my rat Chonk. Chonk is a female that I estimate to be about 1 1/2, but I got her from the SPCA so the age is estimated. She recently developed a lump on her belly so I took her to the vet. The vet said it was a tumor, but it was very...
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    My 2 year old female rat Quinn was taken to the vet a few months ago cause of a lump, they tested it, and said it was a cyst. I took her back today and they now say she has two lumps both of which are tumors. I have two options, 1) operate on it (she said it doesn’t have to be this month but...
  20. Rat Health
    Hi! My female rat Via (9 months old) suddenly developed a lump below her left forearm. I took her to the vet when it was about the size of my thumbprint, they tested it and said that they weren't concerned yet and that we should bring her back if it started growing fast within the next month...
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