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I noticed a little bump on my rats chin a week ago, i noticed last night that it became huge and was a little green in color. I'm guessing it's an abscess I've looked it up. But not sure if us the same thing. Today it got worse and looks to be open maybe, idk what to do or how to clean it...please help!!

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Catey,

Keep the cage as clean as possible. Most abscesses, even those that end up opening up, still seem to heal on their own- rats groom themselves a lot and are naturally clean animals. I have dealt with my share of abscesses and have done nothing more than keep the rats' cages clean and apply warm compresses on them when needed.

Hope that helps!

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Nutrition has always been an interest of mine as well as creating stimulating environments for rats. I conduct product reviews on my blog so I can take questions regarding products marketed or intended for rats. Other questions regarding basic husbandry, feeding, grooming, and other pet rat care will be accepted. I have very little breeding experience so I would not be able to answer much in the ways of breeding or genetics questions. I can help with some basic health care questions but am not a vet and always suggest contacting your vet for serious inquires.

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I have over 13 years of experience with pet rats, having worked in several pet stores, as a veterinary tech assistant, and with my own pet rats. I run a highly regarded blog on the subject of pet rat ownership (www.ratwhisperer.net) with a corresponding YouTube channel and Facebook page. I have been and always will be open to questions and comments.

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A photograph of my lady rat's cage is being published in Worth Publishers' college textbook "How Children Develop, 4e" by Robert Siegler, Judy DeLoache and Nancy Eisenberg on the subject of how complex, stimulating environments and how they relate to the brains of rats.

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I have some college experience, but not in the field of animals. I completed the majority of an at-home Veterinary Technician course which I was unable to complete due to financial reason. The majority of my knowledge on rats have come from personal experience, conducting my own research with the help of published medical studies and journal, the internet and through other knowledgeable 'rat people'.

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