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  1. Rat Health
    I found this on YouTube years ago, and have used it at least 7 times. It works. It's pretty easy and inexpensive. I will be occasionally blunt in my writing, I apologize. It can be a challenge mentally/emotionally, you may cry. It is ok. Just remember- you are helping them along, it is for them...
  2. Rat Health
    One of my younger boys (just under a year old) has suddenly got a lump on his throat under his chin. It's not massive but larger than a pea so I'm not sure how I missed it, his favourite place for scratches and pets is around his ears and neck so I believe it came up fairly quickly as I would...
  3. Rat Health
    Hello agian, My girl has just recovered from a respatory infection and now she has i assume a tumor right next to her back leg ... shes kinda limping maybe the size of half a golf ball. Shes a small rat almost 2 yrs. I just wanna know what to anticipate when i take her to the vet... What will...
  4. Rat Health
    Can someone recommend a good medicine (s) for bad respiratory infections? All my boys have it (not as bad), one is very affected by it though. He runs around frantically, he feels like hes suffocating and I would hate it to shorten his life in any way. Baytril (enrofloxacin) doesn't seem to...
  5. Rat Health
    I walked into my room and the smell of blood instantly hit me, I checked on my girls to find the older one to the two was covered in blood for mid stomach to down and around her tail. I panicked and put her in a warm bath to wash her off and see what’s going on and thats when I noticed her...
  6. Rat Health
    Hello, I have a 2 year old male rat with a cancerous lump. He had lost his brother a year ago, so it’s just him. I was planning to get more rats to introduce them but something happened and I had to wait. This lump had appeared before and I was told it could come back (cancerous) or could just...
  7. Rat Health
    Hey Everyone!!! I’m going to be using this as a little ranting post. But for those that have seen, I got Mercy a few weeks ago and she was from a pet store that was pretty crappy in all honesty. Tiny little cages, zero handling, and overall, a depressing place to be. Last night Mercy started...
  8. Rat Health
    My current rat is 2 years old and has chronic Mycoplasma (I believe that’s what it’s called), an upper respiratory infection. He is in good health and is on medicine on and off per the vets orders. He is quite shy and it is next to impossible to get him out of his cage for free roam. He was not...
  9. Rat Health
    My 8 month old male has been peeing blood for two weeks. He’s been on metacam and baytril and it hasn’t helped. I have a vet app tomorrow but wondered if anyone has dealt with anything similar. (this isn’t their main cage)
  10. Rat Health
    Hi everyone, Someone in my household just tested positive for covid, I’m negative but I’m worried that if I do end up getting it I will spread it to my rats. I’ve heard that it can be transmitted from humans to rodents and vise versa, but I couldn’t find anything concrete. Their cage is in my...
  11. Rat Health
    Hi guys, I would really need some help. We have a one year old rat (one of three) and only him started sneezing blood. We took him to the vet they did ultrasound and x-ray, checked his lungs and they don't know what is wrong. They also tested the red fluid he is sneezing out and apparently it...
  12. Rat Health
    My 1.8 year old rat Wally, a hairless, sweetest boy who gives everyone kisses, is very ill. He saw the vet on Monday and she diagnosed him with potential heart failure, put him on diuretics and antibiotics, and I am not sure I am seeing the improvement we should by now ( 4 days later ). When I...
  13. Rat Health
    I got my rats in March 2021 and the man I bought them off told me they were 4 months old however one of my rats, Barnabas, has taken a turn for the worst over the past few weeks (weakness and overproduction of porphyrin around his eyes) and I’ve had him in the vets and they put him on...
  14. Rat Health
    Hi everyone! I have a sneezy and snuffly rat with a URI. Vet was thinking mycoplasma flare up and has RX Doxycycline Twice a day and I have a nebulizer with some ventolin and inhaled steroids for symptom control that I can give 3x a day. My rats work of breathing has increased after 3 days of...
  15. Rat Health
    So my male rat just seems to gotten of better form an head tilt it was gone for about a week and he was all active and happy like two days ago, but yesterday I noticed he was a bit less energetic and now to day he is wobbling, shanking, and making squeaking noise. Now I can't take him to the vet...
  16. Rat Behavior
    I noticed about an hour ago when I woke up and greeted my rats that one of them was behaving strangely when I gave her a treat. It's almost like she loses coordination and control as soon as she starts eating. She seems to not be able to hold the treat or herself up to eat it. She seems a little...
  17. Rat Health
    So my rat, Barnabas, has sneezed around two times in the last week or under, and hes also had increased porphyrin which has had me worried sick because i love my rats with all my heart but im a 16 year old student with autism and no money and i cant take him to vets right now as it costs a lot...
  18. Rat Health
    Two rats were/are sick, they’ve been on medication for maybe 4-5 days now. Symptoms were: overproduction of porphyrin, lethargy, and sneezing. They didn’t wheeze/breath funny. They’re more active now, and seeming to get better. Thing is we didn’t quarantine them like we probably should. The...
  19. Rat Health
    So I got two girl rats about a week and a half ago from Petsmart. Big mistake there already from what i’ve now read, but i vowed to give them the best life possible. they are the first rats that i’ve owned, but i’ve done a lot of research on how to care for them. they have a huge cage, lined...
  20. Rat Health
    i adopted a rat and 4 of her babies from a rescue in february. mara (the mum) was a bit sneezy at first and i thought maybe it she was just adjusting to the new environment. a few weeks later she is still making sneezing sounds (and spitting sounds?) so i take her to the vet. she was given...
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