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My wife recently developed severe allergies with these little guys. Last week she had the sniffles but that was it. Yesterday morning she was coughing so much she could hardly breathe.

We got a new air filter for the furnace ( one of the 3m filtrete ones) and gave them baths. I know your not supposed to do it often but we gave our old rat baths every 6 weeks or so and all was good.

She said her symptoms were better (she has also started taking claritin) but we will see how things go.

We noticed last night that two of the little guys have buck grease. Could this be an allergy also? I know when I enter the room where the yare quarentined i can smell them. (not bad but you can tell they are there).

Is this a quantity issue or a quality issue? Our buddy first rat has been neutered and doenst smell like the other guys. Will neutering help?

I dont want to surrender them back to the rescue if we dont have to. It would break my heart if we did. But breathing is important for human life.
 

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Well how about if you called all of your freinds up to see if they would kindly take care of the rat, if none of them are willing put them on craig's list thats where i got my two handtrained rats, if no one will buy in3-4 months sell them to petco thats what i did with my brother spazz attack gerbil. -hope my suggestions work -cocrat316
 

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Neutering should help with the buck grease. Also, try to lower the protein in their diets. And perhaps give them a bath to loosen it up.

Intact males can cause more allergies than neutered males and females, I think.




And I would never suggest surrendering a rat to Petco... They'll end up going to a snake.
 

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I would never sell my rats to petco. If it came down to it I would return them to the rescue that we got them from.

We gave them a bath and got them on harland block so that should help. We have also been giving them olive oil on some whole wheat bread.

After $200 we got two air purifiers that we are using. One in the room with the little guys and the other in our bedroom as a "clean room" and it seems to be helping out alot.

Does anybody know if you can take claritin more that once in a 24 hour period? During the day it seems to help but in the evening it seems to wear off.

We will be getting them neutered once they are old enough.
 

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If it says not too, don't do it. Overdosing antihistamine is bad news.
 
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