Yesterday (Wednesday February 1st 2017) we took our other ratty girl, Star, to the vet, because we noticed she had a lump too, and wanted it checked out. Turned out she had a chest infection, as well as not one, but two, tumours.
She spent last night at the vet, because she found the ride to the vet very stressful, and seemed more relaxed in the vet than she was on the way there, so we wanted to avoid putting her through more trips to and from the vet than necessary, and hoped she'd find spending the night at the vet less stressful than coming home only to have to make the journey back there this morning.
Anyway, she was scheduled to have a chest x-ray today, so that the vet could determine whether surgery to remove the tumors, followed by a course of antibiotics to get rid of the chest infection, was an option for her, or whether it would be better to let her go. Bearing in mind, she wasn't exactly young by rat standards (she would have been two and a half in a few weeks time).
The vet called us this morning to tell us that Stars x-rays looked good - there was no sign of either the infection or tumours having spread enough to be a serious problem that surgery and antibiotics couldn't fix - so there was a good chance surgery would go well for her. Obviously there were still risks (there always are in general, and there are especially with her age, and the fact she was going under anasthetic with a chest infection) but she had a good chance. Since she had a good chance, I gave him permission to go ahead and do the surgery.
Unfortunately, Star didn't make it.
Between the tumours turning out to be worse than they'd looked on the x-ray, the chest infection, her age, and the fact she ended up losing more blood than they'd have liked during the surgery attempt, she died under anasthetic.
I'm trying to take comfort from the fact she's no longer suffering, as well as the fact we did everything we could to give her a chance. Those thoughts aren't helping much though.
I'll miss you, my little superstar.
R.I.P. Star: August 31st 2014 - February 2nd 2017