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Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Wyo Chick, Sep 23, 2008.
Keep in mind that a mammary tumor can recur, as well. My little chica is proof
I had to put my rat down due to tumors.. Also had to have my ferret put down from them also
My rat Fuzzy is over 3 years old and has 2 tumors. He isnt slowing down a bit.
Without having a vet check it, it can be hard to tell if its a tumor, abscess or cysts.An abcess may have a scab on it, they can be warm to the touch because of the infection. Tumors and cysts are pretty much exactly the same in appearance, though in my experience a tumor *may* be more slow-growing.
scientists have shown that a substance found in crucifers (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and other crunchy vegetables) actively blocks formation of cancerous tumors in rats.
I just lost my last little rescue ratty Julie to mammary tumors. She was four years old, and we felt that we didn't want to put her through surgery. Most rat experienced vets will suggest having her spayed if you take her in for them to remove it. They typically can be removed, and the little ratties can live a full long life. They can recur though, and you must be vigelant about what they eat. The more fresh veggies the better, up to a point. You don't want to give them the runs, which commonly happens with small critters and fresh veggies. Mine loved oranges and tangerines, and I would give her 1/8 of an orange every other day. I give my degus oranges to supplement their vitamin c, so I always have them on hand. The extra vitamin c helps with their immune systems, and helps them from catching something else that could make the tumor worse.
Love her as much as you can, and do what your heart tells you to do. I would not put her down unless she begins loosing fur, looses her appetite, looses a substantial amount of weight, or it begins affecting her quality of life.
Emily in NC