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i have an approx 2 year old female
and im sure this is just her way of going, but

over the past 3 weeks or so she has just BLIMPED
she is like twice the size she was before
it feels more hard than soft and is not just a lump
its like her whole body is swollen, but you can feel her spine at the same time



she is definitely not pregnant
she has the red discharge and has now begun the short breathing

another weird part is she has a strange smell, almost sour
i can smell it when her face is near mine

she is tired more and will bury her head under her body when she sleeps, and she also cant get around easily but she is still very interactive and happy and wants to explore

i know she probably wont last for more than a week or so
obviously, they could be two giant tumors but these are like 2 solid masses, more fluidy, like a waterballoon about to burst
but, im just hoping maybe someone can shed some like on what happened to her...

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Shes bloated by the sounds of things. Bring her to the vet ASAP
It also sounds like megacolon... like i said, vet ASAP...
 

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That really looks like megcolon. At her age it would have to be severely late onset, though.

Perhaps she has an intestinal blockage that's causing the same appearance? She needs to see a vet, ASAP.
 

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I really doubt it's megacolon. I think it's pyometria or something similar. Basically means her utuerus is full of a enclosed pus filled tumor. Definately take her to the vet! Poor girl I hope you can get her help ASAP.

If anything, take her in to be put to sleep if you can't afford the care. You really owe it to her for her not to needlessly suffer.
 

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Megacolon would not set in this late, so I'm seconding possible pyometria. Does she have any discharge from her girly regions?

She should go to the vet ASAP, I can't believe how bloated she is..........
 

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My boyfriend worked a lot with cows that were bloated and I know that a rat is not a cow, but I showed him this thread, and he said that it looks like sure signs of bloating, and that it may even be too late for your rat as it is :( he said the reason why shes having the short breaths is because she has expanded so much that her lungs are being squashed. He also said that the way to relieve bloating in a cow is as simple as inserting a tube down its throat to relieve the pressure of all of the gas build up. I'm sure a vet could successfully do this, it would probably cost a pretty penny, but if you're not willing to do that then i think you should atleast consider euthanasia (sp?) because it has to be causing her pain...
 

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i don't think it's megacolon or pyometra, as pyos don't cause that expanding. they're usually just a hard, painful mass in the middle, and if it's leaking pus you're lucky cuz an open pyometra means that there is the release of *some* pus.

i second bloat, although i've never seen a case that bad. i second euthanasia for the pain and discomfort that is causing her, and i suppose at 2+ years she's had a decent life. if you want, you can do what renay is saying and see if a vet can possibly relieve the symptoms of bloat, but yeah, it's usually diet that helps. an x-ray would tell for sure if it's bloat or megacolon, will tell for mostly-sure if it's pyometra, and usually runs about $50, not including anything you may choose to do to your rat after the x-ray (exam fee, euthanasia/hospital care, medicines, etc)
 
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