If it’s not one thing than it’s another

I noticed this evening that Gypsy, one of my rats, has developed a mammary tumor. 😦 Mammary tumors are extremely common in pet rats and there’s not a whole lot that can be done about them. They can be surgically removed easily enough, but then they just grow back. One of my previous rats got a mammary tumor and I had to have her put down after the thing got so big she couldn’t walk without dragging it on the ground, and it was causing her a lot of pain. Gypsy doesn’t seem to be in any distress at the moment, but I expect in a couple of months I’ll have to put her to sleep. 😦

9 thoughts on “If it’s not one thing than it’s another

  1. Zoe October 22, 2010 / 12:10 am

    Am sorry to hear that 😦

  2. Justin October 22, 2010 / 4:01 am


  3. Laura Brown October 22, 2010 / 4:26 am

    Aw no, poor Gypsy. I’m glad she’s feeling OK for the moment.

  4. Candice October 22, 2010 / 6:54 am

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that. I sadly have a lot of experience with losing a pet. 😦

  5. Amy White October 22, 2010 / 8:48 am

    Sorry to hear that.When animals are sick or hurt I always want to believe that at least they are not thinking about it , dwelling on it and making themselves anxious the way humans will. It’s probably more of an in-the-moment thing, where they know they either feel good or they are hurting, so I am glad she’s not suffering. If she does I am sure you will do right by her.

  6. Princess Shantae October 22, 2010 / 12:04 pm

    That sucks. This is kinda why we don’t have little pets like rats or mice or hamsters. The kids would get attached to them but they wouldn’t live but a couple years at the most. We have a cat and a dog. We got the dog from some people who had her plus this older dog, and when the old dog got sick and had to be put down the people had such a bad time they couldn’t face having to go through it again someday so they gave away this nice 3yo golden retreiver. Its their loss.
    Now my daughter wants a rabbit b/c her friend has one. My son is alergic to rabbits so I have an easy out there.

    • Meaghan October 22, 2010 / 1:23 pm

      I think rabbits actually have a decent lifespan, like five or eight years or something.

  7. Princess Shantae October 22, 2010 / 5:35 pm

    The little mini rabbits do, I hear. The big ones, not so long.

  8. Saffy October 25, 2010 / 3:05 am

    aww….that’s sad. I like rats, but sadly they don’t live very long.
    Love rabbits too….i’d like to get one of those giant bunnies.

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