Good morning Arssers and Arrsettes. First off, feel free to take the piss, but I've put this in here rather than the NAAFI in the hope of gaining some half sensible responses. As some of you may know from my previous posts, I own a pair of rats. (Yes, they're clean and friendly. Get over it.) Now, one of them, Jake, got a tumour at the age of about 6 months. We had it removed, she recovered from surgery and all was fine. Fast forward to now, she's 2 years old and has developed another tumour. The average life expectancy of a rat is between 2 1/2 and 3 years. Due to the environment they live in, the diet they receive and the amount of exercise they get, we can confidently expect them to live to 3 under normal circumstances. The question is: if the tumour is benign (as the previous one was) and, as yet, not damaging her quality of life, and we can expect it to be a further few months before it does start to seriously affect her, is it fair to put her through the stress of surgery if it will only extend her life for maybe a few months? If it makes it easier for you to answer, change the word 'rat' for 'dog', 'cat', 'pony' or whatever else.