My pet rat has a giant, growing tumor and I'm unsure what to do about it.
I have two pet rats that were given to me by a friend who moved out of the city. One of them has developed a mammary tumor that is growing rapidly. I don't know a lot about these things besides that tumors are very common in rats, but I really don't imagine she'll live much longer given that she's already 2 years old. She seems to be otherwise healthy, but how do I know, it's a rat.
So...what do I do with her? The problem is that I seem to fall outside the spectrum of most rat owners...I like them alright but when it comes down to it, they're just rats. I've done a little googling and most rat "resources" take a little more empathetic view of these animals than I do, I guess.
I'm not going to take it to a vet -- I can't afford to take myself to the doctor. I read this previous answer
, but this is not a wild animal.
I've heard rather macabre reports that labs usually "euthanize" their rats by pulling their tails so hard the back breaks. I'm, uh, NOT going to do this.
Sleeping pills in peanut butter? Just keep it til it dies in the cage? Set it free in the forest and let nature work things out?
TL;DR My rat is dying and I don't know what to do. I need a solution somewhere between rat hospice care and hitting it with a frying pan.