What Can I Do If My Pet Rat Has A Tumor?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Dec 25, 2009 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

Ok so I asked a question earlier asking what could be wrong with my pet rat. Everyone says it’s most likely a tumor… WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP HER?! She’s about 2.5 years old and I feel terrible for not knowing what to do with her tumor. Any remedies to help her??? Anything you know of to help the tumor go down? Please help me!

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  • Meghan says:

    I know this thread is very old xD

    Just wanted to say congratulations!! 2.5 years is a LONG time for a rat to live! I hope she had a happy life 🙂

  • melissa says:

    My pet rat her eye is swollen but no infection is coming out could it be cancer she is not in pain or anything.

  • Maria says:

    step one 1.get her to a vet step two 2.ginger helps reduce the size of tumors

  • Gerbil lover :-) says:

    GO TO THE VET DUDE!!!!! She needs a vet. she need treatment. if you cant afford the vet… call them… they might be able to give you info about this.
    I hope your rat gets better!!! GOOD LU CK!!

  • Davi says:

    The only thing you can do is to bring her to a vet. Look in your phone book find an exotic veterinarian. She NEEDS treatment, a tumor is not something you can treat at home.

  • shaycos says:

    VET asap, if it’s small the vet can remove it, but they tend to grow and could spread. If it ‘s not bothering her and a non- aggresive kind the vet may decide not to treat but unless he sees her he won’t know.
    Hope rat gets better soon.

  • Shannon says:

    You could take her to the vet and they can remove it, but that is really expensive. If it’s not bothering her in any way, I would say leave it, and help her live out her happy life. Your rat is very old, they usually only live for 2-3 years. Just keep her happy. Good luck

  • Avery L says:

    OKay! So, your rat has a tumor….
    First- tumors can cause painful tumors, I know this could really upset you, but you probably want the best for her. I would do the humane option and put her out of her misery. But before you consider that- go to a vet first, have them check out this “Tumor” and ask them what the best thing to do for her is. Now, to remind you- having that tumor removed is EXPENSIVE! I don’t know the exact price, but i wouldn’t think it would be inexpensive…

  • Masticina Akicta says:

    You got the vet, after a short checkup he/she will either
    1. Say he/she can operate and that your rat is in good health enough to stand an operation
    2. Say your rat is to weak/old/sick etc
    3. That the cancer is on a place where removing it is very dangerous
    But most of the times it is 1. Yeah I have had quite a few times I had to go to the vet with this issue. And 4/5 of the times it was 1
    Now an operation is always dangerous but in most cases you bring your rat in the morning and well at my vet you can pick them up in the midday after the operation. 10 days in a cage alone to heal up then it is as nothing ever happened. They heal wonderfully fast. And usually can go months without cancer returning. One of my ladies had her 2nd cancer show up 11 months later. Now if you understand that rats usually get to be 2-3 years old. Then 11 months is quite a good time. I say worth the money and operation as long as your rat is young enough. I would say it this way. Under 1? Operate! Under 1,5? Yes operate! Under 2? Depends on health! Above 2? To old

  • Mac says:

    The best way to solve tumor problems is to take your rat to the vet and have it removed. But, having it removed does not mean your rat will be tumor free, others will appear. If you cannot afford to have the tumor removed its no big deal. As long as the tumor isn’t causing your rat pain or interfering with eating/drinking/mobility/etc then the tumor can continue to stay on your rat, as sad as it may be. If the tumor interferes with your rats daily life, causing it to struggle with normal activities, then it may be time to have it put to sleep. All in all, you make the decisions for your rat and you choose what you think is right. Don’t ever regret any decision you make, because more than likely it was the right choice to make.

  • Catkin says:

    Although a tumor is very likely, your rat may have an abscess, which is very treatable. A vet can tell you what’s going on with your little one & give you options on treatment.
    We’ve never lost a rat to an abscess, but since it *is* an infection prompt treatment is important. Topical and/or oral antibiotics are usually prescribed along with regular cleaning of the wound.
    Unfortunately, we have lost a few to tumors, usually because they were inoperable. Right now 1 of our sweet boys is undergoing treatment & it’s all about quality of life. 1 of our girls had a tumor removed in March & she’s doing beautifully.

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