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  1. Rat Health
    Hi all, just spotted this peculiar little bump on my boy Laszlo's scrotum during free-roam this morning. It's about 3mm across, circular, black, smooth and shiny. Laszlo is about 20 months old and intact. Anybody seen anything like this before? It doesn't appear to be causing him any discomfort...
  2. Rat Health
    My female rats are about 4 months old and are only 15cm (about 6 inches). I measured them because compared to other people's rats that I've seen online they looked really small. Apparently they should be around 9-11 inches by now! My brother and I in total have 4 rats all from the same litter...
  3. Rat Health
    My rat Sprig has a mammary tumor located on her chest. It doesn’t look or feel like an abscess. I took her out of her cage to take a look at it and there was a hole in it… I’m not sure what to do. I don’t want it to get infected. Does anyone know what this is or how to treat it/ protect it? We...
  4. Rat Health
    Hi, i’ve had my per rat mars for a little over a year now. Tonight I came home to blood coming out of his ear and when cleaned I found a black clump in his ear. I don’t know if it’s a scab, debris, or a tumor because I can’t find anything online about it. He has been acting normal but shakes has...
  5. Rat Health
    We’ve had Freki for about a year and a half. He came down with an upper respiratory infection a few weeks back, so we separated him from his cage mates and have been treating him with doxycycline per the vet’s recommendation. While giving him his medicine tonight I noticed that he was holding...
  6. Rat Health
    One of my boys, Timmy, has a URI. He has been on Inflacam for two months to help with his breathing. I am pretty sure he will be on Inflacam for life. He stops eating and has little bursts of 'feeling like hes suffocating' if he doesn't have his medicine in the morning. If he becomes immune to...
  7. General Rat Topics
    So I've heard you're not really supposed to vacuum rat waste (namely bedding and poop) or clean it up in any way that kicks up dust. I'm wondering, are the risks associated with vacuuming rat/rodent waste are mitigated if you use a wet and/or a HEPA vacuum? I'm not an aerodynamicist and I'm...
  8. Rat Health
    One of my new boys got scared by the vacuum, darted around and must have bumped his face. No open wound but it's swollen and a bit red in one spot :( I read I can possibly give him acetaminophen?
  9. General Rat Topics
    Hi all! I’m a new rat owner who’s noticing her older rats are getting a bit fluffier as the weather cools down. I’m not sure if it’s just them getting their adult coats or if they get thicker coats in the winter? It’s not a big deal as long as it doesn’t indicate that they’re unhealthy! The rats...
  10. Rat Health
    Hi all. Ever since I got my original pair of rats we’ve had some health issues, though it’s always been along the lines of respiratory issues, so I have some idea of what to expect with those health issues However, recently one of my rats, Harris, has appeared to catch some nasty mites that...
  11. Rat Health
    i have two rats, im not sure which one it is, im assuming the older one because the little one it just a baby, but one of them has been having very liquidy poops and diarrhea it seems. i feed them oxbow rat food, oxbow treats, freeze dried fruit and dried vegetables, and sunflower seeds. is any...
  12. Rat Health
    i was wondering if anyone could help me figure out what to do for my new boys. This morning I picked up 2 BIG boys from a rescuer, and she was handling them a little rough trying to get them out of the carrier, so I know they’ve been stressed — especially since my 2 year old daughter was crying...
  13. Rat Health
    Recently, I changed my rat's diet to 'science selective rat and mouse'(I'm unable to buy the rat food that I used to buy due to pandemic), and after 1-2 weeks, there's abnormal porphyrin secretion around her left eye, does anybody know how to cope with that?
  14. Rat Health
    Hi everyone! I’m planning on getting all of my rats neutered and I can’t seem to find a place in Michigan that will do it for less than $250 (I have 5 rats). please let me know if you know of any!
  15. 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...
  16. Rat Health
    Hey my little guy chester has apparently been growing an extra toenail that I just noticed today cause I was giving him a bath. He's been having issues with his balance lately and is over 2 years old, could this be whats causing that if he's going light on the foot or something? I'm just...
  17. Rat Health
    Hi, I have just gotten 4 rats, told all were girls. One is very obviously male, one very obviously female. The other two, I cannot differentiate. They are 4-5 weeks old. Here are pictures of all of them, please help me! I need to separate them!!
  18. Rat Health
    My rat Bean has recently (within the past month or so, I'd say) begun to make little chirping and squeaking noises when she's awake and about. To sort of preface this, she does have a mass on her chest which she will be getting surgery for, and has had two vet visits and at both visits, I was...
  19. Rat Health
    Hello! A couple days ago I dropped my 1 y/o rat, Froggie off at the vet to have a benign mammary mass removed. It was my first experience with surgery on a small animal so I was a bit nervous. The tumor was about the size of a walnut and it was starting to hinder her walking so I decided not...
  20. Rat Health
    My girl Nana is limping right now. She's a little over a year old. She isn't using her back right foot, I noticed it yesterday evening, she was doing fine before It was a little swollen yesterday but when I looked at it today the swelling had gone down a lot I thought it might be a sprain and...
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