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I really need some opinions here on my poor girl Marley.
Her and her sister, Lola, are 2 years old and 1 month. Several weeks ago Marlie (my little black rex rat) developed a lump on her stomach almost overnight. This wasn't the first time I've seen a lump, because when her sister Lola was a little rat she got a lump and it turned out to be an abscess which was easily drained and she was totally fine.

Marlies lump was a little different, a little more misshapen and a little bigger. It also had a gaping hole. It is low on her stomach, towards her tail. She wasn't acting different or strange or lethargic or anything. Just her same active self + a fat lump on her belly.

We took her to the vet and they told us they would try to drain it. Apparently it was hard and they couldn't get any liquid out of it so it was most likely a tumor although they weren't sure if it was malignant or not. They sent us home with antibiotics for several weeks to try to control any infection. Which leads me to one question.. She isn't a huge fan of taking her meds. Is there any tricks to get a rat to take medicine?

Now her stomach has several open holes in the lump and it looks quite gross. She has been acting herself and eating and drinking fine. Any tips so I can help keep her comfortable? The only difference I have noticed is that she might be a little thinner. But it is hard to tell because her sister has always been a bigger rat than her.

Here is my dilemma and I would really appreciate some opinions. I hope this doesn't sound selfish, but I don't want to spend a lot of money to get the tumor removed because it would be a very difficult surgery and she is already 2 years old. I am trying to think about my poor baby's quality of life over her quantity. How am I supposed to know if it is her time? I don't want her to be put down if she is not in pain. How do I deal with a single rat without her sister? Will she become depressed? Tips?
Please and Thank you everyone.
 

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*complimentary bump*

I don't know a lot about rats.. But I think you can add medicine to yogurt or baby food.

Just let her sleep with her sister on soft fleece for comfort. Not much else to do.

And yes, they will become depressed if seperated. I'm not sure how to do rat bonding though if you do make that decision. People here can help you with the risks associated with a tumor surgery.

Good luck, Bless.
 
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