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  1. Rat Health
    hi all! my red-eyed boy enzo's abscess burst last night. I noticed the abscess a while ago but thought it was a tumor (thank god it's not) and couldn't get into the vet. there's pus, blood, and it smells awful. I wouldn't have a problem flushing it out, but he's very skittish. he lets me pet...
  2. Rat Health
    Hey guys I am very concerned and could use some help. i was cleaning my rats cage (I have 3 boys) and I noticed drops of blood all over some of the wood. There was a lot of drops, and I’m really concerned because I checked my rats and couldn’t seem to find any wounds. I saw a little bit of what...
  3. Say Hello
    So my rat, Rizzo is about a year and a half old. Her sister passed away about 2 months ago very suddenly. She has been pretty lethargic since but still has a very healthy appetite. She is starting to let me pet her again. (She never really liked coming out of the cage) She makes squeaky noises...
  4. Rat Health
    Hi everyone! I am regularly seeing my usual vet of a couple years, but we're both stumped at this point. I am getting connected to a specialist this week, but wanted to see if anyone here has encountered this before. I will update with any findings. Crusty Hind Feet (photo taken today) Swollen...
  5. Rat Health
    We bought two babes who were supposed to be feeders. They were not kept in the best conditions before we purchased them, as I know most aren’t. But they were the sweetest boys, so we had to bring them home. Fast forward a month later, and we find ourselves in the same predicament we had when I...
  6. Rat Health
    I recently adopted 2 rats from the humane society. Both boys, about 11 months old. They had a vet appointment prior to adopting them and had a clean bill of health. My past rats had gotten respiratory infections so I make sure to clean out the boys’ cage every 2-3 days and they are on fleece...
  7. Rat Behavior
    Within the past couple of weeks my rat Rodrick has been pooping almost immediately practically every single time I take him out of his cage for playtime, which is not very typical of him. He's always been a very good boy, but always a little strange. The only other time I encountered this...
  8. Rat Health
    Hello My rat Hazel has a big bald patch on her face, with lots of little scabs which have a bit of blood in them. I have noticed a small bald patch and scab on my rat Willows face also. Me and my Dad think that it either fighting, barbering or both, as the alpha Clover is a bit fiesty and rough...
  9. Rat Health
    So, I took my rat to the vet yesterday to get her teeth trimmed, cause she has malocclusion. But the vet accidentally cut one of their teeth too short and chipped it (it bled for a bit but stopped almost instantly, and it doesn't look like it started bleeding again since). He didn't gave me any...
  10. General Rat Topics
    Hi, so i am a newbie pet rat owner. My daughter, bless her heart had to abruptly move and couldn't take "Chip" (female rat) with her. So i consider this pet my grandchild. Anyways my daughter was devastated. She didn't know what to do, so i offered if she couldn't find anyone that i would take...
  11. Rat Health
    My rat has inner ear infection for 8 days now. She is on antibiotics + steroids treatment. She is eating drinking water all fine and is active as well. But her tilt keeps increasing and then decreasing through the day. Please help is this normal part of cure or is it a bad sign? She is 8...
  12. Rat Health
    hi! so ive been ghosting for a bit in preparation for the rats im getting later this week. there is so much information available here but I have been having trouble finding the answer to this one thing. I plan on eventually upgrading to a plexiglass pan for substrate. for ease of cleaning, and...
  13. Rat Health
    Hi all. I'm sorry I'm new here but I need some advice My precious little boy Fizzle was just found laying in his cage in a weird angle. He isn't responding to me and he's very floppy and not warm. He's breathing okay and his heart seems fine. He seems sensitive to light and doesn't want to open...
  14. Rat Health
    so, I have two pet rats and they are my first ones. One of them (obi-wan) it's one month old and I notice that his testicles have grown and that sometimes they will be kind of swollen (really pink in collor). I read here that it's normal when it's hot. But where I live it's winter right now, so...
  15. Rat Health
    Hey everyone, My male rat (about 1 and 1/4 year old) seems to have an issue. His mouth is dirty and looks to be bloody, as are his paws, which I assume he used to groom his face. When I looked at the inside of his mouth, it looked black and dirty, almost as if it was decaying, and his chin was...
  16. Rat Health
    New video by Emileee Dp Please view the above link! My baby her name is Nibbles, she is having fast and labored breathing and isn't as active This is a link to a video of Nibbles breathing can someone please help me identify what this is I know its a respiratory issue she keeps sneezing I am...
  17. Rat Health
    Her gross, necrotic abscess opened last night. I cleaned it with a warm washcloth and used a syringe with saline to clean it out. I posted this same picture on reddit, and someone made me feel really awful, telling me to take her straight to the emergency vet or she was going to die. She's on...
  18. Rat Health
    long story short. My daughter...who does not live with me had 2 boy rats. I have rats at home myself but healthy fat girls one even being a litter mate. I came for a visit today and this morning one of them was dead. The other one is skin and bones. Where as the one that died was not. It is...
  19. Rat Health
    I just got 2 baby rats and they're my first rats ever. I've been researching rat care for almost 2 years to try to prepare myself to be a good rat mama but now I'm concerned I still don't know all I need to. For instance I have a male and female siblings named bean and squirt respectively. Bean...
  20. Rat Health
    Hello, my baby, Moishe, is just a month shy of being a year old. Over the last few days I've noticed that one of her back feet appears to be lagging as she walks. The toes curl as she puts her foot down and it kinda drags. It hasn't been to noticeable but I don't remember her doing this in the...
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