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Just noticed a hard bump/limp but it looks like maybe from an injury ( has sisters )? About a week before the vet appt. Is this something that could possibly go away on its own? The rat ( Simona ) does not seem to be affected.
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I think that is an abscess.It should burst and heal on its own.You can help it along by melting a tablespoon of salt in boiling water in a small plastic bowl.Top it up with cold water until its a warm bath temperature.Lower her in and hold her steady by lifting and supporting her in a standing position and try and keep her in there for 5 minutes.
 

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My rat is dealing with an abces as well and to help her with the pain, I'm giving her some metacam. The problem with metacam is that it is an anti infection medicine.. so it might slow down the growth and therefor burst of the abces. But i saw how much she is in pain from this abces, so I thought it worth it
 
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