Today I took my one remaining rat, Sunny, to the vet to have a tumor removed. He seemed fine (albeit woozy from the anesthesia wearing off) when I picked him up, and pretty much the same on the 20 min. car ride home, but almost as soon as I took him out of his carrier to put into the laundry basket with a folded towel for comfort, he passed away.
I'm out $311 on a surgery that pretty much killed my baby. I called the vet and told her he died. She offered her condolences and apologies, but did not offer to refund me any of that money. I think she should have. I now have zero money for groceries or bills for the entire month (rent is the only thing I've paid so far). I will have to rely on whatever I can earn from the farmers markets to get me through September.