Hello. The other day I discovered a mammary tumor near my rat's groin. I know this is common in females, and she is 17 months old which is a common time for tumors to pop up. Luckily, it is benign but it will keep growing. I took her to the vet who gave me two options (which I already knew of): 1) Surgery or 2) Leave the tumor be. Both have risks. I am leaning toward surgery, as money doesn't matter. They are fairly cheap with tumor removal. Still, I know that the anesthesia can kill the rat. Additionally, she'll have stitches for a couple weeks (I'm scared she might want to try and nibble them out) and will have to be separated from her sister during that point (can anyone confirm that they MUST be separated post-surgery? They really love one another). Also, she is fairly young. I think that can benefit the surgery. If I don't go with the surgery, the tumor will get bigger and she might have a miserable life since it could affect her walking and more. I really would hate to watch the tumor grow and put her through agony; however, surgery is risky too.Has anyone chosen to remove the tumor? If so, can you share your story? Same question in regards to leaving the tumor be. I really am in a crossroads because I just want to do what's best for my little girl. I love her deeply. Any advice on what you did/or would do would be highly appreciated.Thank you!