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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-14-2008, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Mouth Cancer?

So, Meatball's face is starting to swell up again. I noticed his eye is oozing again as well. I looked in his mouth and his gums on the bottom are gray and there's a lump, almost like a tumor, on the side that's swelling. Well, of course none of my other furkids will let me look in their mouths. Does anyone know if rat's gums are suppose to be dark gray like that? I didn't know, maybe it makes a difference him being dark gray, but the upper gums are pink I hope he doesn't have cancer...

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-14-2008, 07:58 AM
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take him to the vet. it could be a tooth problem. he needs medical attention

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-14-2008, 09:37 AM
 
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Ooh sorry I dont know about that but it dosnt really sound normal you should probably take him to the vet just in case.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-14-2008, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I took him to the vet and he wouldn't even look in his mouth. The poor baby is over three years old, so nothing would surprise me at this point.

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Aww poor rattie i hope he gets better soon xxxx

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awww, poor little baby.. hope he gets well soon

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Umm you definitely need a new vet if he won't even look at the problem area
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I never even wanted to see that vet. I wanted to see Dr Mary Jane and ended up getting Dr Scott. He doesn't know very much about small animals. Dr Mary Jane and Joyce do and MJ was suppose to be there that night and wasn't.

I've been keeping an eye on it and wiping the goop out with a warm rag and it seems to be keeping at bay. Also, I bought some Nylabones today and he's been tearing them up all day, so he can't be hurting too badly. Before he wouldn't even touch his lab block.

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I don't know much about rats but when I was in like kindergarten or something I had a rotten little tooth and it gave me a brown bubble on my gums above the tooth and the tissue around it was like a brownish gray. I know he's not a human but it could be something similar.
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Could be.

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I've started him on another round of antibiotics and the swelling hasn't increased so that's good. Just gave him his first dose about two hours ago. Warm compresses seem to really help.

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