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My female rat Lucy Liu is about a year and a half old. She suddenly
Developed 2 , what I think are tumors. One in her chest
Under her neck and the other in her lower belly.
They have been there about 2 months. Today I noticed one
Had an open sore. I put polysporin on it. I haven't
Taken her to the vet because there isn't really anything
They can do for her in my opinion. I have had pets die
Of cancer and my goal is to keep them comfortable as long as possible
I would really like to hear what you think regarding
This sore. Like what is is and a course of action for home care. Thank you
For giving us your time. Wendy

Hi Wendy,
Is it the tumor by her groin that has the open sore? Can you send me a picture? Chances are it is a malignant mammary tumor. This can often be treated with a drug called tamoxifen. She the info on my website at in the Tumor article and the Tamoxifen article.

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I can answer any questions about pet rats, but you will probably be able find answers to simple questions more quickly on my website at If you have a life-threatening emergency you can try calling me at 530-899-0605. I am not usually on the computer on the weekend.


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