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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-14-2009, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Urgent! Please help-possible hernia?

Long story short, today I noticed a bump on Lola's stomach. It is lower and in the middle which is leading me to believe it is not a mammary tumor. It wasn't there yesterday and my mom didn't even see it earlier today. She is acting like herself, running around without slowing and she doesn't seem to be in any pain...She just turned 3 months old. It could possibly be a cyst or tumor. I was thinking it might be a hernia.

If it is a hernia is it painful? Will she need surgery? Can I still hold her?

It is cage cleaning day today and I didn't clean it because I was scared to pick her up and hurt her.

We are going to try to get her a vet appt. tomorrow.

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I now think it is an abscess. I know that they are common in rats. Do you know what causes them? Is it my fault?


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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-15-2009, 09:02 AM
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nooo if it's a hernia or an abcess it's not your fault at all.
Did you get them from a breeder? i can't remember... if you did call and ask if she has a history of hernias.
I think your best option right now is the vet!
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Yes, I got them from a guy who had rats all his life and had been breeding for lots of years. I will email him and get my girlie to the vet to see what it is! Thanks


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Vet appt. today at 4....


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Hi there,

I've kept rats for years now and unfortunately this is really, really common I had a rat with a lump in the exact same place as yours and unfortunately, it was a tumour. By the time I'd got her to the vet they told me there was nothing they could do and I had to have her put to sleep - however her tumour was a lot larger than the one in your picture (unfortunately she was a bit anti-social and hardly let anyone handle her so it went unnoticed until it was too late )

Your vet will be able to advise you on the best course of action - also in my experience tumours are more common in females than they are in males (I've kept so many males and none had tumours, then started keeping girls and all but one ended up with tumours )

I put mine down to bad breeding as I'd got them from pet stores and therefore couldn't know what their parents history was but if you got yours from a breeder then this might just be a one off, you'll be best to ask him.

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I would say hernia or abscess, she's very young isn't she?

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Yes, she is only 3 months old so I definitely don't think it's a tumor.

So I took her to the vet and the vet drained the abscess and found some other things...I will get the story up in a few...


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ohhh i hope she's ok!!
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As long as she's well. I have seen 2 umbilical hernia's show up on rats on Goosemoose, one was an abscess but they stopped posting.

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