Cyanosis (the blue in the nail beds, feet and extremities) is usually caused by CHF not a URI flareup, unless its pulmonary abscesses which can fill up the lungs so that there is not enough room to get enough oxygen to the blood.sunbirdx said:Just one thought,
It sounds like dye, but one thing to keep in mind is that if your rat has myco (and who's doesn't) and they are suffering a flare-up, tails, toes and ears can turn purplish-blue (think suffocation).
You should post pics though, that would be too funny.
CHF is Congestive Heart Failuresunbirdx said:Sorry, what is CHF an abbreviation for, and is not pulmonary abscess and pneumonia sequelae to myco?
The reference to asthma is wrong, what about genital myco? there's no respiratory system down there! :roll:sunbirdx said:It sort of is like ratty asthma, but progressive. Rats are born without it and acquire it from their mom, sometimes en utero. Rats can be born Myco free, but they are typically born via cesarian section, kept sterile and bottle fed.
Myco is a bacteria, and there are more and less virulent strains. Unfortunately bacteria can exchange genetic material, so there are likely new strains developing all the time. The disease is progressive, and usually starts with little affect but gradually overtime the rat succumbs to secondary infections, pulmonary abscesses, pneumonia etc ect.
The best thing we can do is keep their wee immune systems boosted, keep their diet balanced, and keep their cages clean.