Okays. I have had a lot of bad luck reasently and it's beggining to get me depressed. First, Arthur gets a chest infection and has to be seperated from the others with his own meds. Than, I notice all my rats are covered in bites because of Husky, so I went through a whole load of trouble with him and than spent a load of money on him to get him a cage of his own ect. And after all that, Arthurs chest infection... returns. So, Arthur is back on meds and while everything is running sooo smoothly* I noticed Pepper now has *Something* on his side/tummy.
Well, most of you know that Pepper has never been a healthy rat. He has had an RI all his life with the porophrine and nothing can get rid of it. Than he got a UTI which went away... than came back... and now he has something on his side/tum. I don't know what it is, but I'm worried... and scared. Pepper has had my heart right from the beggining, I know i shouldn't have favourites, but he pretty much has me wrapped round his little finger.
At first, I saw the injury when Pepper was on my bed, I picked him up straight away and without having to think, I automatically rushed him to the kitchen with some cotton wall and washed his wound. Pepper is still being himself.. eating fine and drinking, well, as far as I know, but I can see that whatever it is on his side/tum is giving him slight discomfort. Rayray is also looking after Pepper, grooming his wound, keeping him warm, and even if Pepper doesn't like it, Rayray will make sure he gets special treatment lol.
Right... now to describe the wound to you, I'll try to explain the best I can;
at first I thought it might be just a cut, however, there is not much blood at all, not even in his cage, but it is slightly bloody. The skin looks asthough the inside of him has got so fat that his skin just split open (I know thats not it.. just explaining lol). Generally the wound already looks clean by itself. It's although there is a hole in his side, like a perfect round circle, where the skin has just 'opened' and underneath, there is just a VERY soft layer of... skin I suppose. It's so strange. I don't think it's a cut. I think it might be an abcsess, but I really am clueless. I can't find pics on the internet, but I am trying to get some pics to show you, however, Pepper wont stay still and he gets all freaked out.
I hope I made sence, my heads in a spin right now and I don't know what i'm going to do. I'm getting a headache, finding it hard not to cry and feel physically sick because everythings going wrong. But, I'm getting through it with the support of my family ... and pawtalk
Please, any advice will be appreciated, I'm worried
xxxx Luv you all xxxx