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My almost 4 year old pet rat just recently developed 3 large bumps on her belly. She has been acting fine until last night. Shes in pain and her breathing is really shallow. I was wondering if there is anything i can do to help her pain at home. Wha i can give her? Its before i get paid and im really worried. Thank you.

Hi Brittnee,
I'm so sorry to hear your rat is so sick. You have done a great job getting her to almost 4 years of age!  If you think it is time to euthanize her, and it sounds like it might be, you will find a method you can do at home on my website at on the Rat Info page at the bottom of the list.

You can also try giving her some ibuprofen to see if that makes her more comfortable. See the First Aid article at the top of that webpage, and you'll find a section about how to give ibuprofen.

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Debbie Ducommun


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.


I have been "The Rat Lady" since 1985 and am recognized as one of the world's experts on pet rats. I have 3 published books and already answer lots of questions about rats daily.

President of Rat Assistance & Teaching Society

I am a monthly columnist for Pet Business magazine, and my writing has appeared in other magazines. I have 3 published books.

BA in Animal Behavior

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