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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-03-2010, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Young Rat Has Bump on Leg

I just recently discovered a red swollen bump on the ankle of my 7 week old male beige hooded. I don't know if it could be an abscess, tumor, or injury as he still squirms a lot while being handled. Any ideas to what it is?
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It could be a break if its right on the joint, or a healing break. Can you take a picture?

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I have two pictures but the flash kind of takes away from the first picture. The other is without flash and some brightness adjustment. The redness kind of goes around the enture joint with the bump on the side the pictures show.

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Can you move the leg without any pain on his part? It doesn't look like much of anything to me. Could be a scrape, a bump, etc.

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I can touch and move the leg without any indication of pain from him, and he's still jumping around like the baby he he is. I'm just concerned about what it is. The reddness spans around the leg, and I'm just hoping it is just a small injury.
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check this page out http://www.80stoysale.com/ratsickness.html it may benothing but i think if you are really worried you should take him to a vet

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Meh...that site is okay but there are better sites out there. Most times the really good information is locked in other ratowner's heads and just need to be shared. How is the leg looking now? Same, worse, better?

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is it soft and squishy? or is it anchored? are you going to do a vet visit?

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is it soft and squishy? or is it anchored? are you going to do a vet visit?
Its more of a swelling than a real lump destroyah. Something like this is a "watch and see"

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It has turned a dark color now, and the bump is a little smaller. It's hard and feels like it's attached to the bone. It may be a healing break.
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sorry, i will be quiet from now on

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Its more of a swelling than a real lump destroyah. Something like this is a "watch and see"

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sorry, i will be quiet from now on
You don't have to do that, I was just letting you know the difference.

Could be a healing fracture, could be bruising, but unfortunately the vets won't be able to do anything anyways. If there was swelling and/or signs of pain it would be suggested to limit mobility by putting them in a single level cage or removing ramps to the levels/shelves to restrict his movement and encourage healing, but he's not showing any of that, which is a good thing

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Good News! The bump has receded and so has the dark coloring. All that remains is some slight swelling with a little red. Thanks to those that replied!
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Good News! The bump has receded and so has the dark coloring. All that remains is some slight swelling with a little red. Thanks to those that replied!
Great news!!!

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