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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 fist 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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Poor girl. You can check out the rat guide as @ratbusters stated. Only you can make the decision on when it鈥檚 time, and Stella will let you know when she鈥檚 ready. To answer your question, there are a few things you can go by.
-Size
-When it affects her mobility
-If it splits open
-If it gets sores on it
-If her quality of life just isn鈥檛 good
This artcicle by a licensed breeder can help. Scroll down to where it鈥檚 about tumors. I wish you guys the best of luck! 馃挍
 

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I鈥檓 so sorry for
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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I鈥檓 so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you. Now she is at peace and flying around in heaven and playing on the rainbow bridge with her other friends and watching over you! Your next ratty very well could be sent by Stella! 馃悁馃寛馃挍
 
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