Swollen nipples + Tumor

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  1. Jul 14, 2018 #1

    Breanna LoCicero

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    upload_2018-7-14_16-35-22.jpeg upload_2018-7-14_16-35-54.jpeg upload_2018-7-14_16-36-57.jpeg Hello,
    One of our rats, Sugar, has recently developed swollen nipples. Now, she does have a tumor, which you can see on her top left nipple. I am wondering if this is a result of the tumor or something else, because we’ve had multiple rats pass due to gigantic tumors — Shadow had 4 at once and she could no longer walk, so we put her to rest. Sweet girl. She is 3 years old (it’s crazy I know) and has just recently started to breathe a bit roughly.

    Here are some pictures; the tumor is visible as well:
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    Sugar is a sweet angel and we will be removing the tumor soon, but I would like to know in advance if there is anything else we should be aware of. Thanks.
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    If she is "breathing rough", she may have a resp. infection so she needs to see a good vet with the experience and knowledge to treat rats. She likely needs antibiotics. Or, if it is a heart issue, she may need heart meds.
    She likely needs to see a vet asap because secondary infections kill quickly.
    Here is some info:
    http://ratguide.com/health/lower_respiratory/pneumonia.php
    http://ratguide.com/health/bacteria/mycoplasma_mycoplasmosis.php
    http://ratguide.com/health/cardiovascular/cardiomyopathy.php
    http://ratguide.com/health/cardiovascular/congestive_heart_failure.php

    To my knowledge her nipples becoming more prominent is not due to her tumour, but if she is not pregnant them they may be due to her weight …… the tumour looks like it may be a mammary tumour (see http://ratguide.com/health/neoplasia/mammary_tumor.php), which are easy to remove if the rattie is in good health and you have a good vet that can safely do surgery on a rat …….. mammary tumours do not grow back, however, unsprayed girls who get one mammary tumour will usually get multiple mammary tumours. (https://www.ratshackforum.com/threads/why-spay-or-neuter-rats.35402/)
     
  3. Jul 17, 2018 #3

    Breanna LoCicero

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    We have her on antibiotics and we’ve been giving it to her daily for about a week or so now, we have many many rats and so we have a lot of things for this, but sometimes it doesn’t help anyways ?? Is it because we’ve given them the medication too late? There’s also something else I’m worried about. As I mentioned before, Shadow had multiple mammary tumors and we had them all removed, however it ended up being that her lungs were filling with liquid(?) after the surgeries - at the same time she had more mammary tumors growing that were disabling — and we decided she didn’t deserve the suffering anymore. It was like they kept growing after the first one started like a chain reaction. What I’m asking is; is there any way to prevent Sugar from going through the same thing, post-op wise? I know it’s a risk from the surgeries because they’re so delicate but is there anything we can do to help prevent it?

    And thank you for taking the time to help me
     
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    Edit: She looks like a very sweet, beautiful little girl

    If the antibiotics are not working, she may need different antibiotics or another antibiotic added
    If it isn't helping, I would suspect that she needs different antibiotics
    What is she taking, what is the strength (mg/ml), the dose of each (mg/Ib or mg/kg), and her weight?

    I have never heard of a rats lungs filling with fluid as the result of surgery (Lilspaz68 and Jorats would know more then I do)
    but it can be caused by pneumonia or a heart issue

    As for mammary tumours …… spaying even after a rat has had mammary tumours may help to prevent more or may slow done the growth of future mammary tumours. http://ratguide.com/health/reproductive/spay.php
    Some vets will do a tumour removal and a spay at the same time but imo I would have two different surgeries so the rattie was not under anesthetic for too long
     
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