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My girl Stella has a mammary tumor that is as big around as she is, and about 1/3 the size of her. I first noticed it in July. It seems to be growing rapidly now; a month ago it was 1/4 the current size.

She is less active during free roam, sleeps a lot, and has started to waddle when she walks. She is 2 1/2 years old though. There's a vein that is stretched worryingly across the mass of the tumor, but it hasn't been a problem so far. I also just found a new pea sized lump on the same side near her urethra.

Stella tries to act normal, but gets confused when she can't fit into small things anymore, silly girl. I have adapted her cage to assist with mobility, and have food and water on both levels.

How do I know when it's time to have her put to sleep? Do I go by size, or quality of life? I hate that I will have to make this decision.
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One thing they pointed out, which I found helpful, is that tumours can use up a huge amount of calories to maintain and grow, so you could check Stella to see whether the rest of her is becoming emaciated.
I can feel her hips easily, but I don't know if she's skinny from being old, because of the lump, or if it's normal and I just never paid attention before. I have been feeding her higher calorie supplemental food since I noticed, like cooked pasta, walnuts, some yogurt ect.
 

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Unfortunately Stella's lump got so big that the skin was starting to tear. We were able to get into the vet quickly, and they do sleeping gas before the injection so it's peaceful. She was very calm and cuddly at the office before the vet got to us. It's really sad, but at least I don't have to watch her and worry anymore.
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Shadow the Rat and Fizzy Star Rats on caring for a rat with a mammary tumor when you dont opt for surgery, and how to know when it's time to let them go.
 
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