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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-23-2009, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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A few weeks ago I noticed a tumor on one of my girls, Naomi, sister to Mischa who has crossed over the bridge already. I'm going to have to watch Naomi closely now, to see how she is faring.
Mischa was just under 3 years old when she passed, and Naomi, the less stout of the pair is just now over 3 years old. Naomi has had chronic upper respiritory infections her whole life (bad breeding my old vet told me) But as they were rescues/pet store rats I gave them love, and a home, and they never had to worry about being fed to something. The tumor is in exactly the same spot as Mischa's, I was afraid that Naomi wouldn't fare well after her sister passed. But she's eating, drinking, and perfectly content to be held, pet, and played with, is still very active.
My vet has told me that because of the placement of the tumor, it would be difficult to remove because even though it is smallish in size, it already involves some of the muscle of the hind leg.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-24-2009, 01:49 AM
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Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that
The black rat looks like my Marlie
They are both so cute!


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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-24-2009, 05:56 AM
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She's over 3? With a tumor that could have heavily spread? She's happy? Leave it Its big but if she's happy and its not bothering her too much, there's no point having surgery that at worst, she won't survive, and at best, she has an uncomfortable recovery...older rats don't heal as well and as fast. I took a chance with my Monkey at 31 months of age, but her health was awesome!

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-24-2009, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Spaz, the picture is of Mischa's Tumor, I haven't gotten one of Naomi's yet, she's till a little miffed with me about taking her to the Vet in the first place, she's a sweetheart of a rat, but she really likes my boyfriend better, I'm just the one that brings her the food!
And Thank You CrWoodyspets, I think your girls are cuties too, the picture doesn't show it, but Naomi is Velvateen, Mischa was a Himmie, and there were hairless in their litter as well.

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sorry to here about your other rat. Its harder when pets get older and they get things worng with them. The older they are the harder sugery is on them. Like my moms blond cocker had cancer for 3 years with meds and all she was happy and her self but she was 13 when she passed. How she managed that long I dont know but she was happy even up untill her last breath. and it was only a couple of months before she passed that she had to be put on pain meds. It was not just her age that the vet was worried about her going threw but the tumore was around vilale stuff and even with it removed carfully it would have either progressed or came back.
I hope that she dose not have a big one like her sister and if she goes or when she dose its peacfuly. Bless you and your rat Naomi.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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So this is Naomi, and her tumor.
It's about the size of a small bouncy ball, or large marble, depending on how you look at things!





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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 03:30 PM
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That is a smallish tumor, I think at her age she will be happier if you leave it be, like jennicat said.
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