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Rat Tails & Mug Shots / Please leave positive rat comments!
« Last post by ratluver372 on September 23, 2018, 02:55:41 PM »

I passed this link around earlier and should have asked for people to add positive comments about rats to this article then. The writer was fascinated by the fact that people keep rats as pets when he found about about the 400+ rescue going on in TX right now and started doing research- and contacted me to find out why. He interviewed me, then was nice enough too call me back so we could go over my quotes. We actually spent a good deal of time on the phone, but, unfortunately, most of what I said was cut (and something is slightly not what I said). I really appreciated the fact that he took the time to learn about rats as pets and was willing to be open-minded. It's sad that the article is dealing with yet another horrible animal rescue case, but, I am very appreciative that the writer gave positive press to the rats and rescuers. Please do take a moment to comment on this article.

Thank you!
Rat Care Corner / Re: Ollie's fatty deposit
« Last post by mamarat2 on September 21, 2018, 01:22:54 PM »
If it's not a tumor, not growing crazy out of control. and not affecting his quality of life or mobility I would leave it alone especially since he is an older manrat. If it was thought to be malignant and removing it would improve/extend his quality of life is when I would have the surgery done.
It is time to submit your nominations for the 2018 Rescue Heroes Contest!

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September 15 through October 8 is your time to tell us about someone you know who has had an impact on the rescue world.

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Individual Person - a single volunteer helping any small animal species, 3 winners*
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Rat Care Corner / Re: Ollie's fatty deposit
« Last post by purple rat on September 20, 2018, 07:23:53 AM »
I realize your initial post said that it wasn't a tumor, but the risk of infection and possible adverse effects from anesthesia can be a problem with any type of surgery.  Good luck with Ollie :)
Rat Care Corner / Re: Ollie's fatty deposit
« Last post by RattyRodent on September 19, 2018, 10:51:17 PM »
According to the vet, it's not a tumor.
Rat Care Corner / Re: Ollie's fatty deposit
« Last post by purple rat on September 19, 2018, 09:14:28 PM »
That's a tough decision to make given his age and the fact that the tumor isn't in a place that's affecting his mobility or his ability to eat/drink/play.  I had a boy that age with a testicular tumor that lived 3-4 months with a great quality of life until it started to affect his mobility and I had to put him to sleep.  He had a brother about the same age that had an abdominal tumor removed, but even though he survived the surgery, it seemed to take too much of a toll on him and he died a few weeks later.
Good luck with Ollie and let us know what you decide. 
Rat Care Corner / Ollie's fatty deposit
« Last post by RattyRodent on September 18, 2018, 11:04:21 PM »
I had mentioned in an earlier post ("Sluggish") that our boy Ollie had been to the vet to check out a peculiar growth on his hind leg. Ollie got over his sluggishness quickly but we wanted him checked out anyway. The first time the vet used a needle to extract some fluid, but it didn't make the growth any smaller. We took him a second time and got some antibiotic medicine. We were told that it's not a tumor, but a fatty deposit. The words "infection" and "inflammatory cells" were used.

Anyway, the medicine didn't seem to make the growth any smaller, but Ollie is in good spirits. The vet said to have that growth removed would cost around $500 - and that's without a blood test. (With a blood test it would be closer to $800.) We thought about trying to find another vet, but we wonder if Ollie might be too old to survive an operation anyway. (He's two and a half.) The growth doesn't seem to bother or hinder him. What do you think?
« Last post by ratluver372 on September 15, 2018, 07:48:57 PM »
Over 400 rats were surrendered to Austin Animal Control. Donations can be sent through Paypal using CTRR's email address (centraltexasratrescue(at)gmail(dot)com), through DFWRR's website (, or through Paypal using OLRR's email address (ourlittleratrescue(at)yahoo(dot)com).
Rescues involved in this: Central Texas Rat Rescue, DFW Rat Rescue, Just a Rat Rescue & Sanctuary​, Our Little Rat Rescue
Click here for a news article on this case.

ANY help is appreciated! Adopt, foster, help make cages, donate supplies, donate money, share on social media... you can ALWAYS do something to help! Nothing's too small! Thank you!

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