Help, pet rat has lump just wanted advice. Watch
One of my pet rats has a hard round lump on her elbow I just noticed it today she is 18 months old and I don't know how to handle the situation. I was in a good mood but since finding it I've just been feeling really low as it's probably a mammary tumour or similar which is likely to get bigger. I'm going to take her to a vet tomorrow but if they give me the option of removing it is it worth finding the cash to have it done? I don't know what's best but as a pet owner it's what I've got to face. It's a weird place to be though on her front leg/elbow area, it just feels very Hard and bony.
Thanks. Just need to make an appointment tomorrow. About to start uni and now this has put a damper on things, I guess worrying won't help though so I might as well just remain pragmatic and do my best.
There's no point thinking the worst yet!
Assuming it is a mammary tumour, they're often not as bad as people think. They're usually benign, so only cause a problem when they become large enough to affect the rat's mobility. Surgically they can do very well, although it's worthwhile finding a vet that's recommended by other rat owners/experienced with exotics. You'll also need to consider her general health, a general anaesthetic and surgery is going to be very stressful so may be best avoided if her health isn't perfect/she's starting to show her age a bit. Do bear in mind that mammary tumours quite often reoccur after surgery, too.
As JoeL1994 said definitely take her to the vet, and obviously take the vet's word over mine. Fingers crossed your ratty is able to make a speedy recovery