So I had to take this little fuzz-face to the ER vet today and have him put down.
I heard a rukus in the cage and went to check on them, things seemed fine, but while I was checking on the other two, Dusty pinned Filbert and it didn’t look playful, so I opened the cage and get him off, but then I noticed a bad bite mark on the lump on Filberts neck. He’s had a lump on his neck (non-tumorous) for a little bit. I didn’t get it removed because it wasn’t dangerous, and there was a high risk of him dying on the operation table due to his respiratory problem (like most rats get). I didn’t want to pay $700 on the high risk chance he might die, esp if the lump wasn’t dangerous to him.
But, at some point tonight, either Dusty or Pongo attacked Filbert and bit into the lump. When I opened the door and tried to help Filbert, he squeaked a little as though in a lot of pain, his mouth was hanging open and one eye (the one opposite of the lump) was open wider in a panic. I noticed this last week he’s been having a harder time moving around, and overall he’s lost a lot of weight in the last couple of weeks- so I had planned to take him to the vet today- but then things got in the way, so I was gona wait until tomorrow (or today being Sat now) and then this happened, so I had to do it in the middle of the night. I didn’t have a spare cage for him to keep him safe until morning, and with how he was breathing and just rather panting and freaking out, I felt that I shouldn’t let him suffer several hours until the vet office opened in the morning.
So, I said goodbye to this fuzzball tonight and let him go to the rainbow bridge to play with his brothers- Almond and Peanut. I’m sure they’re having a lot of fun being reunited again.
Thanks for being such an awesome pet Filbert. I’m going to miss you. ;.;
Born May 2011 (appx)
Adopted Aug 2011
Died Sept 21, 2013