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I have noticed a lump around 3 months ago on my 2yr old male rat, it did not seem to affect him and still doesn't, but the lump has now turned into a black crustation on his rear side and the fur has fell out where the lump has grown. Not sure if it's a tumour or whether to take him to the vet? He is one of two rats, they are brothers. The rat in question has always been overweight where his brother isn't , they both eat the same food and I don't give them too many treats. Could you advise please?
Many thanks
Janet

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HI,


Sorry I missed this!

Yes, a vet trip is important. And rat tumors can be removed because they are usually not cancerous. You need a decent exotics vet. Bring his brother too so he isn't so scared.


If you need an exotics vet, see what you can find here:

http://www.aemv.org/vetlist.cfm


Again so sorry!  And best of luck!


squeaks,

Natasha

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