Two swollen lumps under rat's neck.

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Two swollen lumps under rat's neck.

Post by Longstar09 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:17 am

I've only had my rat for a week and a half and I've noticed that my rat looked fatter under his neck than my brothers. I check under her neck and to my surprise there were two hard lumps. Do not really not what they are. As of right now my rat is doing fine and she has not been acting weird, but I did quarantine her from the other rats.

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Re: Two swollen lumps under rat's neck.

Post by sarahh » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:16 am

I would get your rattie checked by a vet, how high up are the lumps like under the jaw or further down? They could be lumps of a not very nice kind. Male or female as you’ve referred to his and her lumps?
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Re: Two swollen lumps under rat's neck.

Post by cyber ratty » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:29 am

They are probably abscesses, most likely linked to the lymph nodes in that location - I've known cases where they were caused by a very contagious bacteria, so watch out for the others developing them too.

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Re: Two swollen lumps under rat's neck.

Post by Longstar09 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:36 pm

The rats a female. The two lumps are in the neck area.

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Re: Two swollen lumps under rat's neck.

Post by HereticPr1me » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:05 am

Agreed, sounds like possible tissue abscesses rather than jawbone or ZGT.
If you can, I would consider getting a culture and sensitivity test done when they rupture in order to target the bacteria - especially if as Cyber Ratty says its contagious.

Is fine needle aspiration possible in this location for culturing purposes, Cyber Ratty, SarahH ?
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Re: Two swollen lumps under rat's neck.

Post by cyber ratty » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:37 am

I think they tend to be quite 'cheesy' in that area, so a needle might find it hard. Perhaps easier to wait until it ruptures - apply regular hot compresses to speed it up.

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