One of my rats, Altheda is in an awful state. The vet found a tiny, tiny tumour on her in January. I decided not to operate because of her age and frequent respiratory infections. Thankfully, it's been a real slow grower and it's still not massive now, although quite sizable. Her sister's tumour grew to the size of a grape in a week so she had it removed, it just didn't feel right operating on Altheda and I stil know I made the right choice.
Last few days she's started to lose weight, quite noticably but she's been relatively happy and still eating. Now, she's lethargic and just keeps falling asleep on the floor of the cage, not in her nest. Basically, wherever I put her, she stays. She can barely keep her eyes open. Her nose is covered in porphryn (although I am worried it may be blood as it's all black and crusty.) I managed to get her to have some soya yogurt last night. And then she took some malt paste which is her absolute favourite. Today, she won't take and food, even malt paste and she's stopped drinking. Her underside is covered in urine. She doesn't sound respy, but maybe the vet can hear soemthing I can't. I was quite surprised she was still here this morning.
I've booked her in at the vet for 17:30 and I have a feeling I'm going to be saying goodbye to my beautiful girl :cry: